Arizona Secretary-of-State and Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs sent an email to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections proposing another format for a televised discussion against Republican nominee Kari lake.
Hobbs team would agree to a 30-minute interview with each candidate individually, as opposed to a one-on-one debate on air with Arizona PBS Host Ted Simons hosting.
“In the past few weeks we worked closely with Clean Elections in order to create a forum that could allow for a lively discussion about the most urgent issues facing Arizonans,” Nicole DeMont, campaign manager, wrote to the commission. Clean Elections’ original proposal was not modified. They offered only .”
ABC 15 political analyst Garrett Archer noted that Lake would receive a 30-minute interview with Simons anyways if Hobbs ultimately declines outright.
DeMont stated that Lake wouldn’t “produce an honest debate of ideas .”
She mentions the GOP debate to explain her decision.
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Republican National Committee spokesperson Ben Petersen criticised Hobbs’s refusal to engage in a traditional discussion.
“Katie Hobbs is aware that she can’t defend the undefended — Hobbs candidacy is toxic waste of open borders and defunding police. “While Katie Hobbs is hiding in her bunker,” Petersen stated in an email statement.
In order to win the Senate race, Republican Blake Masters has agreed to debate incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly on October. 6.