Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has apologized for the attention drawn to him and the state over his request that Hawaii verify that President Obama was born there, Phoenix's KTAR radio reported.

In an interview with KTAR on Tuesday, the Republican secretary of state said, “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize. But that certainly wasn’t my intent. And I don’t think there’s anything embarrassing about doing my job, (trying) to do everything I can to help as many Arizonans as possible have confidence that the ballot is correct and the people on it are entitled to be there.”

Bennett became the center of a renewed controversy over Obama's place of birth when he revealed that at a constituent's request he had asked Hawaii to verify that Obama was born there.

That verification came Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, which reported that Hawaii had verified Obama's birth records to Bennett, who as secretary of state oversees the state's elections and election systems.