The next is a transcript of an interview with Katie Hobbs, Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona, that aired on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.
MAJOR GARRETT: Now to Katie Hobbs, she is the Democratic nominee for governor and he or she’s additionally in Phoenix this morning, Secretary Hobbs, just right morning. Welcome to Face the Country. So your opponent mentioned you do not want to discuss. I might like to invite you: are there any prerequisites below which you’d agree to discuss Kari Lake, so the citizens of Arizona may listen from the 2 of you, facet through facet and in actual time?
DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR AZ GOVERNOR KATIE HOBBS: Glance, what I have been eager about is alternatives like this, the place they are able to see us again to again and listen to without delay from us concerning the problems which can be essential to Arizonans and the way we’d govern with no circus like she created all the way through the GOP Republican number one. I haven’t any need to be a component of- of the spectacle that she’s having a look to create. As a result of that does not do any provider to the citizens of Arizona to listen to from us, the place we stand at the problems and the way we’d govern.
MAJOR GARRETT: So on occasion citizens be informed issues from moments of duress or problem or circus. Do not you assume you might be sturdy sufficient to care for any roughly circus Kari Lake may provide if if truth be told, she had been to offer one? Do not the citizens of Arizona deserve to look that actual?
NOMINEE HOBBS: I feel the citizens of Arizona have had a possibility to look how I paintings below disaster all through my management all the way through the 2020 election as Secretary of State. After we needed to battle more than one election demanding situations from- from former President Trump and his band of election deniers, together with my warring parties Kari Lake.
MAJOR GARRETT: So I need to ask you about immigration. We had a protracted dialog with Kari Lake about that. Remaining night time you tweeted, “Arizona bears the brunt of the disasters of US immigration insurance policies.” Now through our rely, this is your 2d tweet in a month about immigration. Who particularly is chargeable for this failure? And why best now did you make a decision to proportion that sentiment together with your Twitter fans?
NOMINEE HOBBS: Oh, that is under no circumstances the primary time that I have spoken out about immigration on this marketing campaign. We’re a border state and immigration as this can be a crucial factor to Arizona border- citizens. And as a border state, we now have borne the brunt of a long time of state of no activity in Washington from each events to deal with each border safety and complete immigration reform. And- and we want the government to step up. However what I need to be in reality transparent about is that my opponent’s positions in this factor are not anything however empty rhetoric. She’s no longer providing actual answers. When she mentioned invoking the constitutional authority of the state. She’s speaking about stating an invasion at our southern border. That might do completely not anything to extend border safety, however it could carry untold ranges of chaos into our state. It is not an actual answer. I’ve a border safety plan that is been recommended through two border sheriffs as a result of they know that it’ll center of attention actual answers and produce significant aid and assist them make their communities more secure.
MAJOR GARRETT: As a sensible subject, had been Arizonans more secure below immigration insurance policies of the current management or the only simply ahead of it?
NOMINEE HOBBS: Glance, we’ve got had a- a beautiful unhealthy immigration coverage for many years. We want to get complete immigration reform completed. And it is each events in Congress were dragging their ft to- to get this completed.
MAJOR GARRETT: However, while you say there’s a failure of present immigration coverage, that is a Biden management failure, is it no longer through definition?
NOMINEE HOBBS: Glance, Trump has targeted his entire immigration coverage round completing the wall and it isn’t completed. And- however Biden does want to step up immigration and border safety. Completely. Arizona is bearing the brunt of- of unlawful drug trafficking, gun trafficking and smuggling. And we do want extra border safety. It is not going to get completed through stating an invasion on the border or dismantling the F.B.I., which is every other factor that my opponent has referred to as for
MAJOR GARRETT: At the query of abortion, your opponent described you as one thing of an extremist, the ones are her phrases, no longer ours. Do you enhance the present 15-week ban in Arizona? Or would you seek- search a distinct way? And is there every week restrict other than 15-weeks you’re in want of? And if this is the case, why?
NOMINEE HOBBS: I do not enhance the 15-week ban. However let me simply say that Kari Lake is- is totally misconstruing my place in this factor. You and I each know that late-term abortion is terribly uncommon. And if it is being mentioned, this is because one thing has long past extremely flawed in a being pregnant. A physician’s no longer going to accomplish an abortion overdue in a being pregnant simply because any individual determined they would like one. This is ridiculous. And she or he’s announcing this to distract from her extremely excessive place, which has– she’s long past at the file announcing she helps Arizona’s entire abortion ban that what- this is within the courts at the moment being determined if that would be the regulation of Arizona or no longer. She’s referred to as it a super regulation. She’s referred to as individuals who search abortion murders and executioners. And- and below a Kari Lake management, we’d have executive mandated compelled births that possibility ladies’s lives. And- and her place is the person who acts that is excessive. It is out of contact where- with the place nearly all of Arizonans are who enhance get entry to to protected and criminal abortion. And below her management, ladies would no longer be protected.
MAJOR GARRETT: What would the Hobbs management’s week restrict be for abortion get entry to? If it isn’t 15-weeks? What’s it?
NOMINEE HOBBS: Glance, abortion is an excessively non-public resolution that belongs between a lady and her physician. The federal government and politicians do not belong in that call, we want to let docs carry out the care that they’re skilled and take an oath to- to accomplish.
MAJOR GARRETT: So if an Arizona voter had been to conclude out of your earlier solution, that you don’t want any particular week restrict on abortion, would they be right kind?
NOMINEE HOBBS: I enhance leaving the verdict between a lady and her physician and leaving politicians totally out of it.
MAJOR GARRETT: Our polling additionally signifies that the economic system is essential to Arizona citizens. And on that factor, each the economic system normally, inflation particularly, in keeping with our knowledge, you path your opponent. What’s your technique to inflation and the economic system in Arizona? And why is yours awesome to that of your opponent?
NOMINEE HOBBS: Neatly, first, let me say I am the one candidate on this race who isn’t a millionaire. My husband and I raised our youngsters via monetary ups and downs. And I do know the fight that a large number of Arizonans are feeling at the moment having to stretch to place meals at the desk fascinated with taking a 2d activity, or no longer with the ability to pay the loan. And so we now have a complete plan to deal with the emerging prices that Arizonans are dealing with at the moment. That can put a refund of their wallet. We minimize taxes on a wide variety of on a regular basis pieces like over-the-counter medicine, faculty provides, diapers, female hygiene merchandise, we offer a child- a state degree baby tax credit score, and tax credit for individuals who need to return to paintings in upper paying jobs to get occupation and technical training. Economists have checked out my affordability plan subsequent to Kari Lake’s plan they usually mentioned that my plan does put folks again to paintings and- and assist them combat inflation. And that Kari Lake’s plan in reality will make inflation worse.
MAJOR GARRETT: Do you determine your self with the Biden financial administration- financial plans and inflation preventing plans? And if this is the case, would you advise the President to marketing campaign alongside your facet in Arizona?
NOMINEE HOBBS: I am centered at the race right here in Arizona and the wishes of Arizona and it is a race between myself and Kari Lake. And- and the- the information that we are bringing to the desk.
MAJOR GARRETT: And one- another time ahead of we assist you to pass as a result of I feel it’s at the thoughts of Arizona citizens. Are you announcing, this morning, that there is not any circumstance that you’ll envision or would even attempt to negotiate through which you and Kari Lake would seem at a debate in combination ahead of the election?
NOMINEE HOBBS: At this level within the race with 30 days to head. Our time table in phrases of- of boards is just about set. And- and I am in reality proud of the place we’re within the plans we need to proceed speaking without delay to the citizens of Arizona.
MAJOR GARRETT: Katie Hobbs, Secretary of State of Arizona, Democratic nominee for governor, thanks very a lot and we can be proper again with much more Face to Country. We invite you to thrill stick with us.