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Jan Brewer: Public should be thrilled DeVos was confirmed

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," February 7, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST:  Well, a constitutional first, Vice President Mike Pence breaking what was a tie in the Senate, 50-50, to confirm Betsy DeVos as education ceremony.  

Count Arizona's former Republican Governor Jan Brewer relieved.  

Governor, very good to have you.  

JAN BREWER, R-FORMER ARIZONA GOVERNOR:  Thank you.  

CAVUTO:  Well, talk about by the hair of your chinny chin chin.

She's in, but do you think she's going to have a hard time now that all of this agita that she received in the confirmation process and from well- established groups within the Department of Education she will run, they're going to be out to get her?  

BREWER:  They will be.  

The opposition is out there.  There are bomb-throwers throwing every which way.  They annihilated her credibility.  But I'm absolutely thrilled and the American public should be thrilled that we have somebody as talented and as dedicated as Betsy DeVos.  

She really cares about children and their education.  She believes in local control.  And she believes in choice.  And she believes in quality high standards.  And she's the gal that can get it done.  I'm just delighted. Absolutely delighted.  

CAVUTO:  But how is she going to run a department that isn't too keen on her?  

By that, I mean, she's talked about revolutionizing the way that we should educate our kids and been a big critic of the way, if you think about it, Department of Education-sanction policies and programs and groups, to say nothing of teachers unions across the country, have been merrily going along.  

BREWER:  Well, I'm hopeful, Neil, that they will listen to her.

Once they get to know her and understand her philosophy and what direction she wants to lead education in our country, for the better, I will say, I think they will -- they ought to come around.  But I have no assumptions to base that on.  They have been absolutely horrid, destructful. It just defies all logic, as far as I'm concerned.  

CAVUTO:  Let me switch gears, if you don't mind, Governor, to this federal appeals court hearing that is slated for about one hour and 15 minutes from now weighing in on the president's vetting order, whatever you want to call it, and the fact that this could go all the way to the Supreme Court.  

We're told this court might have a ruling within a few days.  But it won't be instantaneously.  In other words, it won't be tonight.  But what do you think of that?  

BREWER:  Oh.

Well, you know, the temporary restraining order to me just seems one of these things somewhat ridiculous.  They again are out there trying to be obstructionists.  

I know from personal experience that the federal law overrules state law in regards to immigration.  And we know the Constitution gives the president a very wide breadth of discretion in regards to keeping us safe.  

And that's what the American people want.  So, whichever way it goes, I think that they, the opposition, ought to determine just exactly when they want to follow the law and when they want to understand what the federal government's job is and what the state's job is.  

CAVUTO:  We will watch closely.  

BREWER:  It's bizarre to me.  It's just absolutely -- they want it both ways, whatever suits them.  

CAVUTO:  Well, we should know, well, sooner rather than later, again, over the next few days.

BREWER:  I'm watching.  I'm watching.  

CAVUTO:  You are watching.  

All right, Governor, very good catching up with you.  Thank you very, very much.   

BREWER:  Thank you.  Thank you so much, Neil.  

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