I think we were being punished by the Voting Rights Act for indiscretions, bad things that took place decades ago, and those don't take place any longer.
–Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs. Not by beating them and starving them. (Although there were isolated cases of course.) Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.
–Arizona congressional candidate Jim Brown
He's dictating beyond his authority [...] it's not just the death camps. [Hitler] started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people.
–Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler
You know, all of the pillars of society are under attack in the United States. The family, the traditional family, traditional marriage, mainline churches, the Boy Scouts, you name it.
–Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, discussing a bill that would allow store and business owners to deny service to gay or lesbian customers on the basis of their religious beliefs
I want folks to think about something. I want folks to think seriously about how slavery really works... It is my sincere belief that over entitlements are a means of en-slaving the people by robbing opportunity while taking care of basic needs. Think about it. We ARE NOT cattle. We are human beings living in a country that still allows us the opportunity to write our own ticket. But that is rapidly slipping away. We have to wake up fast and realize that entitlements aren't there because politicians love the people. It's a means to gain power over the people allowing them to control us. Vote smart in 2014 and pressure political leaders to focus on jobs, education and opportunity - not slavery.
–Arizona congressional candidate Jim Brown suggested government assistance is being used to enslave Americans
Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure'
–Arizona State Representative Terri Proud