Trump-Backed Arizona Candidate Challenges Primary Opponents to Debate

Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake has issued a challenge to her GOP primary opponents after they failed to respond to a request to participate in a party debate. Lake has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and says the other contenders are afraid to defend their liberal records publicly.

Lake has surged to the lead in polling before Arizona’s August 2 primary. A Trafalgar Group survey conducted last month shows that Lake was favored by 38.2% of respondents, with the next highest candidate, Karrin Taylor Robson, receiving 27.4%. Matt Salmon came in third at 10.7%.

Lake has made investigating the circumstances surrounding the 2020 presidential election the centerpiece of her campaign. President Trump endorsed her campaign last September, declaring that she “will fight to restore Election Integrity (both past and future!).”

She is a former Arizona television news anchor who left journalism last year as she announced her run for governor as a Republican. Lake has been the only GOP candidate for governor in the Grand Canyon State who has unequivocally said she believes President Trump was the winner of the 2020 election in the state.

Trump added in his endorsement that Lake is one of the best at taking on the Fake News Media, going on to say that she will reliably fight to protect the southern border and the Second Amendment. He said that she will fight “woke” education in Arizona public schools and support veterans and active duty military personnel.

Lake is reportedly the only Republican candidate who has agreed to appear on the AZGOP debate stage to defend her positions before voters.

Lake posted a video on Twitter last week in which she spoke directly to Robson and Salmon as well as voters. She told her two closest Republican competitors that if they agree to appear, she will present all of her questions to them in writing in advance and will not object to them taking their notes with them to the debate stage.

She went on to say that voters deserve to hear something from the candidates directly other than their highly produced political ads. Matt Salmon has so far refused to participate in the debate proposed by the Arizona Republican Party, and Karrin Robson has not bothered to respond to the party’s invitation.

In response to their failure to agree to appear, Lake asked Robson and Salmon what they are “so terrified of,” since they both have been in politics their entire lives and Lake is a newcomer. She challenged them both, saying that if they are afraid of talking to a fellow Republican, there is “no way in hell they will stand up against the activists in the media, the radicals in the legislature, or the terrorists in the cartels.”

She concluded by declaring that the “era of weak Republicans is over.”