Arizona GOP: SB1062 won't hurt 2016 convention bid

PHOENIX - Arizona Republican Party officials say vetoed state legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons shouldn't impact Phoenix's chances of hosting the 2016 national convention.

Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham says the Republican National Committee's focus is on issues such as venues, transportation and security.

Graham says the outcry in the last week over Senate Bill 1062 shows that the state of Arizona is politically engaged.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed the bill, which sparked a nationwide furor and evoked calls for businesses to boycott Arizona.

Graham says representatives for the Arizona GOP, including former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, and Phoenix will travel to Washington, D.C., Monday to present their bid.

Phoenix is one of eight cities party leaders are considering.

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