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Katie Hobbs will not participate in TV debate with Kari Lari Lake

Hobbs despatched a letter to the Arizona Citizen Clean Elections Commission Sunday confirming her resolution not to attend.

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Democrat Katie Hobbs confirmed Sunday that she will not participate in a debate with her opponent in the governor’s race, Republican Kari Lake.

The state fee that units up candidate debates on Thursday rejected Hobbs’ request to vary the debate with Lake into separate interviews with a moderator.

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The Citizens Clean Elections Commission as a substitute gave its workers seven days to attempt to persuade Hobbs, at present secretary of state, to participate in the deliberate Oct. 12 debate by providing minor adjustments to the format.

President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association Chris Kline mentioned Hobbs despatched a letter to the Arizona Citizen Clean Elections Commission Sunday confirming her resolution not to attend.

Hobbs’ marketing campaign supervisor addressed the fee earlier than its resolution, pointing to Lake’s efficiency in the raucous June 29 Republican primary debate, which she devolved into the chaos that she mentioned made Arizona the topic of nationwide ridicule.

“I think it’s pretty clear that she only wants to create another spectacle like we saw in the GOP primary debate,” marketing campaign supervisor Nicole DeMont mentioned. “But on top of that, I would just add, you can’t debate a conspiracy theorist and at the last debate, she brought the conversation back to the 2020 election no less than a dozen times.”

The assertion launched by the Hobbs marketing campaign on Sunday primarily repeated these factors and mentioned she “remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall style event,” like one placed on by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry final week the place she and Lake have been questioned individually.

Lake had already agreed to the debate and its format and known as out Hobbs for refusing to interact, calling her “a coward.” She additionally mentioned she was able to hit the stage with Hobbs at any time, let her decide the moderator and write all of the questions.

Hobbs additionally skipped the Clean Elections debate with her Democratic major challenger, Marco Lopez.

The debates placed on by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission have been a must-attend marketing campaign look for years. The scheduled Oct. 12 governor’s debate was to be moderated by Ted Simons, a veteran interviewer who has overseen numerous Clean Elections debates since becoming a member of Arizona PBS as host of the general public affairs present “Arizona Horizon” in 2007. In addition to Arizona PBS, TV and radio stations throughout the state had deliberate to broadcast it and stream it on their web sites.

All different statewide candidates have agreed to participate in the televised Clean Elections debates, together with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who will debate Republican Blake Masters on Oct. 6.

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