Arizona gubernatorial Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs won’t debate Trump-endorsed Kari Lake; Hobbs says Lake is a “conspiracy theorist…whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule.”
“Unfortunately, debating a conspiracy theorist like Kari Lake – whose entire campaign platform is to cause enormous chaos and make Arizona the subject of national ridicule – would only lead to constant interruptions, pointless distractions, and childish name-calling,” Nicole DeMont, the campaign manager for Hobbs, said in a statement.
“Arizonans deserve so much better than Kari Lake, and that’s why we’re confident Katie Hobbs will be elected our next governor.”
From The Hill:
Instead, the Democratic nominee will participate in a town-hall style event in which the candidates are questioned separately, the statement said.
The Hobbs campaign was responding to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, a state commission that monitors and organizes debates.
The commission last week rejected a request from Hobbs to do separate, televised town hall events and gave the candidates seven days to come to an agreement for the Oct. 12 debate.
Hobbs’s decision on Sunday likely kills any chance of a debate before the November election, which is projected as a tossup.
More over at The Hill: