Gov. Jan Brewer said a Tuesday visit to victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, designed to lift their spirits, actually did more good for her.
"I was very distressed last night, unable to really get very much sleep thinking about all of the people down here that were injured and murdered, thinking about their families and their pain,'' Brewer told Capitol Media Services. But the governor said she felt better herself after talking with people at University Medical Center in Tucson.
"These people in Tucson have more courage than one could ever muster,'' she said.
"In my opinion they look so far better than what I could have imagined,'' the governor continued. "Their spirits are high, their families' spirits are high.''
Brewer credited that with the support and prayers from people all over the country.
"It uplifted me to see them,'' she said. "And I was there to encourage them.''
The governor said she did not get to visit with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who remains in intensive care with a head wound.
"I met with Gabby's mother and her husband,'' Brewer said.
"They are very uplifted and they are very positive and are amazing people,'' the governor continued. "The strength that they show is something we should all strive for.''