Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who pointed her finger in President Barack Obama's face during a heated confrontation on a Phoenix tarmac earlier this year, accidentally endorsed him on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
During an interview with MSNBC from the convention floor, Brewer, who has taken a hard line on border security and illegal immigration in her state, was asked if she had talked with Mitt Romney about those issues.
"I know Governor Romney understands those issues," Brewer said, just before her slip-of-the-tongue:
I know that if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope that he is, that he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution and I believe he will secure our borders and therefore we can resolve all those other issues, it's a simple matter.
Photographers captured Brewer's January clash with the president, as detailed in this pool report:
[President Obama] stepped off Air Force One at 3:28 pm and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer. She handed him a handwritten letter in an envelope and they spoke intensely for a few minutes. At one point, she pointed her finger at him.
Afterwards, your pooler spoke with the governor.
"He was a little disturbed about my book, Scorpions for Breakfast. I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So."
Asked what aspect of the book disturbed him, Brewer said: "That he didn't feel that I had treated him cordially. I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn't get my sentence finished. Anyway, we're glad he's here. I'll regroup."
On the letter, she said it was a personal letter asking him to sit down with her to discuss the "Arizona comeback."