Arizona Senator John McCain on Tuesday urged Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill opponents say would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against gays.

Appearing on CNN's New Day, McCain told host Chris Cuomo that the law was not needed.

(Related: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will reportedly veto bill allowing businesses to discriminate.)

“The gay community in general is not a protected class in Arizona law, is not a protected class under federal law. Why do you need this law?” Cuomo asked.

“I don't think we do,” McCain answered. “And unfortunately it hurts the image of our state, just as a couple of years ago our other law SB 1070 that you're familiar with.”

“This is going to hurt the state of Arizona's economy and frankly our image,” he added. “So, I hope that the governor of Arizona will veto this.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Group behind Arizona bill insists it's “not about discrimination.”)