Katie Hobbs desperately tries to dodge debate with Kari Lake

Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs is desperately trying to dodge a debate with her Republican opponent Kari Lake, and now faces an ultimatum from the Clean Elections Commission.

Hobbs tried to avoid debating Lake, but now faces heavy criticism and a ultimatum of the Clean Elections Commission.

Nicole DeMont, Hobbs’ campaign manager, released a bizarre statement when Hobbs, who is Arizona’s secretary of state, declined to debate.

“As a candidate and as governor, Sec. Hobbs will never participate in anything it will make Arizona the butt of late-night TV jokes and national ridicule,” she remarked. “She has too much respect for the people of Arizona.”

DeMont declined to respond to Clean Elections Commission Chairman Damien Meyer when he asked, “Is there a scenario where Secretary Hobbs will share the stage with Ms. Lake in a traditional debate format?”

DeMont replied, “Well, I’m not going to answer a hypothetical question,” before continuing to dodge the same question yet again.

Hobbs proposed a town hall-style forum, where each candidate would have a turn on stage to answer questions from a moderator and the audience. The lake campaign rejected the town hall, call him a “safe space from any serious criticism or scrutiny of his record. … Dealing with criticism and taking responsibility for your record in front of voters is one of the most basic qualifications of leadership. Hobbs fails spectacularly.

Kari Lake chats with attendees of the 2021 Southwest Regional Conference hosted by Turning Point USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission voted to reject Hobbs’ proposal, instead giving him a week to find “a mutually acceptable format,” the commission announced on social media Sept. 8.

Lake, who is endorsed by former President Trump, tore into her opponent, remarking, “It’s becoming clearer every day that Hobbs’ strategy is to hide from me, the press and voters.” His statement went on to say, “Fortunately, the Clean Elections Commission refused to play its game.”

Lake added, “I’ll be participating in the debate format I’ve already agreed to, and if Katie Hobbs grows a spine by October 12, she’s welcome to join me!”

Spencer Lindquist is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerLndqst and reach out to [email protected]


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