Katie Hobbs Implodes on CNN, Kari Lake Has the Perfect Response

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There’s a reason that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs is not doing well in Arizona. She’s running away from debating her Republican opponent, Kari Lake. When asked about it, she can’t even give any real reason for avoiding debating her, as we reported.


Hobbs went on CNN on Sunday with Dana Bash. Bash asked about why she refused to debate, noting that she, Bash, just spoke to Lake.

“She just answered my questions for a lot of minutes. A lot of Democrats are questioning your decision.” If she’s as “dangerous to democracy” as Hobbs claims, Bash asked, why wasn’t she debating her?

Hobbs said, “That’s exactly what I am doing right now.”

No, it’s demonstrably not what you’re doing now. She’s running away from debate because she’s worried it may be challenging. Kari Lake may come back at her and point out all the flaws in what she says– versus CNN, which probably wouldn’t. She wants a safer space from which to try to buffalo people and limit the damage. But unfortunately for her, it still looked like she was ducking the debate.

Hobbs also got into trouble on abortion, with a question that wasn’t particularly hard. Assuming you wanted the public to know your true position.

Listen as Bash tries to ask Hobbs what her position is on abortion, and if she supports any limits at all; she refuses to say, thereby taking the most extreme position.


If she’s proud of the position, why does she avoid saying it? Because she knows that Americans don’t support such an extreme position.

If she isn’t willing to say what her positions are or to debate, why should anyone give her their vote?

Bash also asked Hobbs about inflation, in a pretty good question, “Democrats control the House, the Senate, the White House. Does President Biden bear some responsibility for inflation?”

Hobbs avoided answering the question, amazingly saying it’s being driven by “skyrocketing housing costs,” so they had to build more houses. That’s ridiculous; everything from housing to groceries is up because of inflation, not just housing. This is, again, like saying, “we have high costs” because we have high costs. You have to look to the cause of the inflation: in this case, the overspending. That’s all on the Democrats, and that was sort of the point of Bash’s question.


What a mess.

But her opponent Kari Lake recalled Dr. Seuss, as she issued the perfect challenge to Hobbs.

“I will debate you on a stage. I will debate you in a parking lot. I will debate in a library. I will debate you in a bar. I will debate you in a car. I will debate you on CNN. I will debate you on MSNBC. I’ll even, I’ll even debate you on ‘The View,’ and let Joy Behar and Whoppi ask the questions. But show some courage!”

How great is that?

That’s why Hobbs is afraid–she knows Lake would wipe the floor with her. But she’s only making it worse with cowardice.


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