The Katie Hobbs for Governor Campaign formally shot down the invitation from the Citizens Election Commission to debate Kari Lake because it would deteriorate into a chaotic spectacle.

“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. Arizonans deserve so much better than Kari Lake, and that’s why we’re confident Katie Hobbs will be elected our next governor,” said Hobbs Campaign Manager Nicole DeMont.

“Secretary Hobbs remains willing and eager to participate in a town hall-style event, such as the forum she participated in last week in which Arizonans were able to hear directly from Secretary Hobbs about her in-depth policy plans and how she would approach governing this state.

We must respectfully decline the invitation.”

Voters only have to see the free-for-all that the Republican Gubernatorial primary candidates had in their one debate to understand the rationale of the Hobbs Campaign’s decision.

Focusing on the issues

 Another reason offered by Secretary Hobbs after her successful tour of northern Arizona for the second phase of her “Solutions Can’t-Wait Tour” was that the voters are bringing up issues that affect them and their community. Hobbs toured a rural health care center in Flagstaff, honored the fallen from 9/11 in Winslow, and presented her plan for public education called A Prepared Arizona.

Secretary Hobbs said, ” I am continuing to meet voters where they are and listen to the pressing issues they’re facing. From the rising cost of groceries to securing our water future and protecting reproductive freedom, these are problems that can’t wait. And I have plans to tackle them all head-on as the next governor.”

 Meanwhile, Lake has been spouting nonsense. Lake wants to overturn the 2020 election, threatens to arrest Hobbs for election “crimes,” jail journalists who report facts that contradict Lake and ludicrously claim that Venezuela altered voting machine results.

Secretary Hobbs is right that most voters are more concerned with the issues that affect them like:

  • Am I going to lose my right to choose?
  • Will I still be able to vote by mail?
  • Is the school my children attend going to have highly qualified teachers in the classrooms?
  • Will we have another water to drink and flush the toilet?

Voters want to know which one of these nominees will propose and implement policies that will lift them up, move the state forward, and make their children’s lives better.

Most are not going to be concerned about one debate encounter between Secretary Hobbs and Lake composed of sound bites and talking points that, to be fair, would have probably produced numerous viral moments from the extreme, extremely dangerous Trump Republican nominee for CNN, MSNBC, and potential campaign ads.