Democrat Katie Hobbs on Friday declined to agree to a televised debate with Republican Kari Lake ahead of Arizona’s gubernatorial election.
“The campaign manager for Hobbs, who is currently secretary of state, pointed to a raucous debate between the four Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the Aug. 2 primary for her decision,” Fox 10 Phoenix reports.
REPORT: Democrat Katie Hobbs on Friday declined to agree to a televised debate with Republican Kari Lake as both seek the Arizona governor’s office.
Source [Fox 10 Phoenix]
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Katie Hobbs Declines Televised Debate with Kari Lake, Proposes Alternative
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Kari Lake called Katie Hobbs a coward for declining to debate.
🚨 BREAKING: Katie Hobbs has declined the debate.
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Fox 10 Phoenix reported:
“Secretary Hobbs firmly believes that Arizonans deserve every opportunity to evaluate candidates for public office and hear their visions for the future of our state – without constant interruptions, pointless distractions, childish name-calling, tired conspiracy theories, and demonstrably false accusations,” Nicole DeMont said in a letter to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Lake had already agreed to the debate and its format, which has been used for years. She also said she was ready to hit the stage with Hobbs at any time, let her pick the moderator and write all the questions.
“I’ll follow any of the rules you want, just show up and debate me,” Lake told a podcast interviewer Friday, “And so far she has not agreed to that. She’s a coward.”
Ross Trumble, Lake’s spokesman, said individual interviews are not a debate.
“This is not good for the voters,” Trumble said. “They deserve much more than just the two candidates sitting in separate rooms.”
Hobbs’ campaign has been talking with the Citizens Clean Election Commission and Arizona PBS for weeks to try to agree on terms for the scheduled Oct. 12 debate. The debates are televised and streamed live across the state on Arizona PBS, and numerous television stations also planned to broadcast.
DeMont proposed the separate interviews with Simons. She said the GOP debate led to weeks of ridicule for Arizona.
“As a candidate and as governor, Sec. Hobbs will never participate in something that will make Arizona the butt of late-night TV jokes and national ridicule,” DeMont wrote.
The commission had set a Friday deadline for Hobbs to make a decision. But instead of agreeing to a debate moderated by Arizona PBS moderator Ted Simons, Hobbs proposed that the two candidates sit for separate 30-minute interviews.
In the meantime, Kari Lake destroyed a ‘journalist’ for suggesting Donald Trump is dividing the country for questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Since when can we not ask questions about our elections?” Lake asked.
Lake recalled many so-called journalists asking questions about the results of the 2016 presidential election.
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