Caton elaborated on Hobbs' stammering answers to questions about the state's Hispanic community during the Oct. 13 episode of "I'm Fired Up" on Brighteon.TV. In particular, the issue of border security is a major point of debate in the Grand Canyon State – something Hobbs should have more grasp of, Caton said.
The host referenced Hobbs' responses to Leon Krauze, who moderated the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Forum in Phoenix, about what she learned from the Latino community growing up in Arizona. The Republican National Committee shared footage of the exchange with their followers on Twitter, which garnered more criticism for the gubernatorial candidate.
"Oh, that's a great question. Um, I don't necessarily think about it that way, in those terms. I think I really value my relationships across the board with different folks, and I learn all the time from people in my life," she said.
"My sister-in-law, she is Latino, and her family – I love hanging out with them and practicing my Español – un piquito. So, but yeah, I've learned so much from her family, but I think it's really hard to separate out Arizona and subtract Latino culture because it's so much a part of who we are as a state, and I — Arizona wouldn't be Arizona without what the Latino community brings."
Hobbs continued to stutter upon further pressing by Krauze.
"Uh, yes, absolutely. I mean, I think there are many lessons: the emphasis on family values, hard work. Those are something that I value in my own life, and, you know, it's something that I respect," she went on.
One user said that the way Hobbs stuttered "explains a lot," attaching a screenshot of a tweet announcing Hobbs' refusal to participate in a televised debate with her Republican opponent Kari Lake.
Last week, drama ensued when Lake blasted a Phoenix PBS affiliate for scheduling an interview with Hobbs, saying it makes it easier for Hobbs to avoid a debate.
In lieu of this highly anticipated interview, Lake called on reporters for a news conference to attack the PBS decision, her rivals and the mainstream media, taking it as a chance to indicate Hobbs' lack of strength to be governor.
Hobbs has refused to share the stage with Lake, saying the Republican candidate would turn the forum into a spectacle and embarrass the state.
This refusal to debate has been a major liability for Hobbs, who became the center of negative headlines, alarming some of her supporters.
"What I'm focused on is talking to the voters of Arizona," Hobbs told reporters at a campaign event. "I'm not interested in being a part of Kari Lake's spectacle or shouting match, and I'm going to talk directly to the voters." (Related: Arizona can't enforce new election law in 2022 election: Federal judge.)
Lake is not backing down on pressuring Hobbs to debate, either.
"I promise you I won't yell, Katie. I promise you I won't interrupt you. And if you want to have an emotional support animal there as well, I will agree to that. But show up like a grownup and debate," she challenged.
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