Democrat Candidate Given A Deadline To Agree To Debate

Arizona Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs is blatantly attempting to avoid debating her opponent, Kari Lake (R), even going so far as to try to convince Arizona’s election commission to hold a town hall event instead of a debate.

Hobbs and Lake are in a close race to be the next governor of Arizona. According to recent polling, Lake is beating Hobbs — who is currently serving as the secretary of state of Arizona — by less than one point.

Lately, the governor’s race has mostly become about whether or not Arizona voters will actually see the candidates appear on the debate stage ahead of Election Day in November.

In a desperate attempt to avoid the debate, Hobbs proposed holding a town hall-style event where candidates are asked questions separately for 30 minutes each. This proposal was denied by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC).

The commission has now given Hobbs a seven-day deadline to agree to a debate. Lake, who has already agreed to the debate, will be interviewed for 30 minutes on live TV in place of the debate if Hobbs chooses not to agree to the terms.

“We have a format that we have used for a number of years that has been successful, that has given the voters of Arizona the opportunity to compare and contrast the candidates face to face,” Commissioner Mark Kimble said. “It’s incumbent on us to say enough. This is the format that we have set up.”

It appears as if the Democrat candidate does not plan to step up and agree to debate her opponent. Hobbs is showing that she is absolutely terrified to share a debate stage with Lake to help the voters get a better picture of their choices for governor of Arizona.

Prior to making her proposal, Hobbs had already refused to participate in a debate with Lake, citing the Republican candidate’s actions during the GOP primary in June which she claimed made Arizona the subject of “national ridicule,” according to a letter sent to the commission last week by Hobbs campaign manager Nicole DeMont.

“In the GOP primary debate, instead of talking about how she plans to move our state forward, Kari Lake brought almost every single answer back to lies about an election that happened almost two years ago,” the letter stated. “Arizonans are tired of partisan conspiracies about the 2020 election. Voters want solutions and a governor with real plans to drive our state forward for everyone.”

The one problem with Hobbs’ argument is the fact that she also previously refused to debate her Democrat primary opponent, Marco Lopez. If her unwillingness to debate was truly about Lake’s behavior, then she wouldn’t have had any reason to refuse to debate Lopez too.

Lake has blasted Hobbs for weeks over her refusal to agree to a debate. The Republican candidate roasted Hobbs for being a coward and being unwilling to share a stage with her.

“It’s becoming clearer every day that Hobbs’ strategy is to hide from Me, the Press, and the Voters throughout the entirety of this campaign and run out the clock on the people of Arizona. Fortunately, the Clean Elections Commission refused to play into her game and voted down her proposal for a town hall safe space,” Lake said in a statement following the commission’s vote.