Arizona Republican Kari Lake would not commit Sunday to accepting the results of her upcoming gubernatorial election if she loses.
“I’m going to win the election, and I’m going to accept that result,” the GOP nominee told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” three times after being asked if he would accept the election result. Lake avoided the question the first two times.
“If you lose, will you accept that?” Bash asked, and Lake replied again, “I’ll win the election, and I’ll accept that result.”
Lake, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly promoted his false claims about the 2020 election. A former news anchor for a local Fox station in Phoenix, he said he would not ensure President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Arizona, repeatedly calling the election “stolen” and “corrupt.” He said on Sunday that the “real problem” is that “the people do not trust our elections”.
Lake is currently running in a tight race with his Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs, who currently serves as Arizona’s secretary of state. Hobbs’s national profile rose after the 2020 election, amid efforts by Republicans to cast doubt on Arizona’s presidential outcome.
On “State of the Union” Sunday, directly after Lake’s interview, Hobbs said it was “disqualifying” for Lake to say whether he would accept the election results.
“This is someone who will have a level of authority in our state elections, the ability to sign new legislation into law, the responsibility to ensure future elections. And not only has he, as you’ve heard, refused to say whether he’s going to accept the results of this election, but if he’s governor, he’s going to run for president in 2024. whether or not it would secure the election,” Hobbs said.
He continued: “This is disqualifying. This is the basic core of our democracy.”
Hobbs defended his refusal to debate Lake in the gubernatorial election Sunday, saying the Republican is “only interested in creating a spectacle.” Hobbs said he believed Arizonans would not base their voting decision on whether or not there was a debate between the two candidates.
Lake had earlier criticized Hobbs’ decision not to enter the debate, accusing his opponent of “cowardice”.
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Bash pressed Hobbs about his position on abortion rights, and the Democrat declined to specify what restrictions, if any, he would allow in an abortion law.
“So, just to be clear, if you become governor, are you going to push for a law that has no restrictions on abortion at any point in pregnancy? Is that your position? Is that what you want to be the law of the land in Arizona?” Bash asked.
Hobbs replied: “The point is that we have very limited options now and we have to put the politicians aside and give the doctors the care they’re trained in, the health care that patients need. Politicians are not in those decisions.”
An Arizona appeals court earlier this month temporarily blocked enforcement of a statewide ban on nearly all abortions. The ruling temporarily allows health care providers to perform abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy until Planned Parenthood Arizona’s appeal is resolved.
Abortion has been a key issue in this year’s midterm elections, with the US Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. After the decision to overturn the decision against Wade, there was no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion. A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that half of registered US voters said they were more motivated to vote in the midterm elections because of the high court’s abortion ruling.