ICYMI: Fresh Off Resounding Primary Win, Hobbs Starts General Election by Meeting With Arizonans About Pressing Issues
PHOENIX — In the first few days immediately following her decisive primary election victory, Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs embarked on her Solutions Can’t Wait Tour, casting a spotlight on the most urgent issues facing Arizonans, including defending reproductive rights, lowering costs, and improving public education.
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Kari Lake walked onto a stage at a conservative megaconference in Texas on Friday morning, just over 12 hours after securing the Republican nomination for Arizona governor.
[…] At the same time, her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs, toured a community health center serving Arizona’s Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, the first stop on a three-day tour of central and Southern Arizona.
“I’m focused on what we need to do to win in November,” Hobbs said after the tour. “And that means continuing talking to voters across Arizona about how we bring people together to solve our biggest challenges. I’m not sure how that happens in Texas.”
[…] Hobbs effuses policy wonk vibes, painting herself as a steady hand and often speaking about bipartisan accomplishments in the Legislature.
“I have a track record of working across the aisle to address problems and deliver results for Arizonans,” she said Friday. “I’m going to continue doing that.”
Arizona Public Media: Campaigning for the general election begins
Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs spent the first weekend after the primary election on a campaign swing through Southern Arizona highlighting issues including water, the border, and health care.
Hobbs gathered with supporters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Tucson on Saturday. She pledged to protect and expand access to abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe versus Wade.
“I would use my veto pen to veto any legislation that further restricts abortion access or other reproductive health care in Arizona. I would install agency heads over related agencies that are pro-choice and would work to expand access to family planning and other resources for women,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs also traveled to Nogales and Yuma, highlighting issues including water and the border.
Republican nominee for governor, Kari Lake, traveled to Dallas, where she introduced former President Donald Trump at a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Fresh off her victory in the Democratic primary, gubernatorial nominee Katie Hobbs stopped by Tucson as part of her campaign and policy tour. One big issue voters have brought up for these elections as a priority is the economy. Hobbs spoke to the crowd and reporters about her Affordable Arizona plan.
[HOBBS] “Certainly, Arizonans are worried about the economy and especially rising costs that are impacting them everyday every time they go to the store or fill up their cars. We have a plan to tackle that. Our Affordable Arizona plan talks about ways to put money back in Arizona into pockets without raising taxes to provide immediate relief for families who are struggling right now.”
Secretary Hobbs launched her Solutions Can’t Wait Tour Friday in Yuma and brought her message to Tucson Saturday.
[HOBBS] “I was three years old when Roe v Wade was decided. My daughter is now 20 And I can’t believe that she’ll have fewer rights in 2022 than I did. 50 years ago.”
Hobbs diving right into the abortion issue at her Saturday afternoon event, she says she will veto any legislation which restricts abortion access if she’s elected governor of Arizona
[…] Hobbs, also outlining parts of her affordable Arizona plan:
[HOBBS] “We propose a tax break for feminine hygiene products and baby products and over the counter medications, things that everyone uses. We have a tax credit for a career and technical education.”
[Translation] Current Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs was in Yuma today. Hobbs in the Democratic Party has received more than 70% of the vote in these primary elections, and a majority of votes was registered for her in Yuma County. She met at a workshop with local agriculture leaders to discuss the state industry which is facing problems, especially due to the drought.
Today Hobbs toured a new health center on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community and she says more Republicans and Independents supporters are reaching out to her with concerns about inflation, healthcare and the border are actually offering real solutions to those issues.
[HOBBS] “And my opponent has not offered a single solution to anything that I’m talking to Arizonans about and I think that speaks for itself. The contrast could not be more clear. And I’ve said this for a few months now. This election is between sanity and chaos.”
Lake is in Dallas attending the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. Her campaign told us that she was not available for an interview.
PHOENIX — There were two very different scenes Friday as Arizona’s candidates for governor embarked on their campaigns.
[…] On the Friday after the election, she toured the River People Health Center in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.
“I’m focused on what we need to do to win in November and that means continuing talking to voters across Arizona about how we bring people together to solve our biggest challenges,” Hobbs said.
PHOENIX — After Katie Hobbs secured a spot in the general election as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate following Tuesday’s primary, she said she’s ready to continue addressing state issues and to defeat her Republican opponent.
“I’m running the way I’ve always run, as someone who wants to bring people together to solve problems, and I don’t think that’s Democrat or Republican. I think we need all the voices at the table, and we need someone who’s going to work to address those issues,” Hobbs told KTAR News 92.3 FM shortly after the race was called in her favor.
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Democrats hope the abortion issue will also play a big role in the races for governor in Wisconsin, where incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is likely to have a close race, and Arizona, where Kari Lake, who holds a small lead in the GOP primary race with most of the vote counted, strongly opposes abortion. The Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, supports abortion rights and highlighted that in her first general-election campaign ad this week.
Both states, like Michigan, have Republican-dominated legislatures, allowing the Democratic candidates to argue that their veto pen would be the only sure defense for voters who favor abortion rights.
On Tuesday, states across the country voted in key primary elections, and the story of the night quickly became Kansas: The supposedly deep-red state had voted overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights. But, over in Arizona, even though abortion wasn’t directly on the ballot—it was in another way.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs won the Democratic nomination for governor within days of sharing her personal story about experiencing a miscarriage that required her to have a common abortion procedure. This procedure could notably be a crime under a 1901 pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban that Attorney General Mark Brnovich is currently suing to enforce now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
“There is no one who wants to move on from the 2020 election more than I do, and I’ve talked to a lot of Arizonans who also feel that way,” Hobbs said in the interview. “They are worried about rising prices. They want someone who’s gonna take action to fix our schools, address our water crisis, and protect reproductive health care.”
“The contrast between me and Kari Lake could not be more clear,” Hobbs continued. “I hit the ground running on this Solutions Can’t Wait Tour and she’s right now at a gathering of the most far-right people in America, pandering to them instead of talking to the Arizona voters about how we fix these real problems.”