The Babbitt Acquisition My colleague Melissa Block sends a note reminding me I missed a key part in Thursday's blog about former Secretary of the Interior (Arizona Gov.) Bruce Babbitt. I was recalling a 1988 April Fool's story wherein Canada was to buy Arizona. Babbitt told Robert Siegel he'd been offered the job of running the new province. What I left out? Canada wanted Arizona so they'd have a warm-water port.