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Arizona GOP Candidates for Governor Embrace Extremism in Chaotic, Off-the-Rails Debate

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The four far-right candidates for Arizona governor met last night for a debate packed with out-of-touch policies, conspiracy theories, and name-calling. The GOP hopefuls embraced the Big Lie and said they backed Arizona’s extreme abortion ban.

Here’s a roundup of coverage on the messy, chaotic MAGA debate:

  • Fox 10 Phoenix: “Much of the hour-long debate came down to Lake and Taylor Robson, both of whom hurled insults, with Robson calling Lake ‘Fake Lake,’ and Lake focusing on Robson’s voting record.”
  • 3TV/CBS 5: “The debate grew heated between Robson and Lake. ‘Fake Lake, I am 100 percent pro-life,’ Robson said. ‘She’s right we do need someone who is a grown up and someone who calls names is not a grown up,’ Lake fired back. On abortion, all four said they’re pro-life and support the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe vs. Wade.”
  • Associated Press: “Lake doubled down on the lie that former President Donald Trump lost because of fraud as the Republican candidates for governor squared off in a raucous debate Wednesday. Robson gave a nod to the widespread belief among Republican primary voters that something was amiss in 2020 and refused to say whether she would have certified the results.”
  • Axios Phoenix: “The rest of the debate was pure chaos. Arizona PBS anchor Ted Simons attempted to keep the candidates in line, but the night quickly devolved into name-calling and finger-pointing with Lake and Taylor Robson both fighting to show why they were more conservative and why the other was unfit for office.”

“Kari Lake, Karrin Taylor Robson, and the other GOP candidates for Arizona governor spent this entire debate hurling insults and staking out completely out-of-touch and extreme policies,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “As the candidates duke it out for far-right support, this race will only get nastier and leave every candidate bruised and tied to unpopular policies before the general election.”