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GOP’s Lake Calls Hobbs ‘Coward’ For Ducking Ariz Guv Debate

At a glance

  • In saying no to debate, Hobbs became first candidate for Arizona governor in decades to refuse an invitation to debate opponent in the event organized by a state commission.
  • The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission tried unsuccessfully to negotiate the debate format with Hobbs,  now Arizona’s secretary of state.
  •  No other candidate running for office in November has declined an invitation, nor has any candidate for governor done so since the commission began holding debates in 2002.
  • Hobbs campaign suggested Lake, a former local Fox TV anchor, is a “conspiracy theorist.”
  • Lake, who is endorsed by former President Trump, criticized Hobbs for refusing to debate, calling her “a coward.”

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