Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Discusses Donald Trump, Contentious GOP Gubernatorial Primary – Opinion

On Sunday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” where he discussed a wide range of topics, including the Arizona GOP gubernatorial Race and Donald Trump.

Bash, calling Kari Lake an election denier, asked Ducey about Trump’s endorsement of Lake. Ducey replied:

“Well, Kari Lake is misleading voters with no evidence. She’s been tagged by her opponents with a nickname, Fake Lake, which seems to be sticking and actually doing some damage. Karrin Taylor Robson started from zero, and now this is a margin of error race.”

Ducey stated that Robson was a conservative and will be focusing on Arizona’s interests.

“Well, the names on the ballot are Karrin Taylor Robson and Kari Lake. Karrin Taylor Robertson is the true conservative. She’s the real deal. Her career began working under Ronald Reagan. She’s pro-wall, pro-gun, pro-life. She’s the mother of four. Her achievements include being a leader in the community and as a businesswoman. Karrin Taylor Robertson is the right person to lead Arizona. Her opponent, on the other hand, bears no resemblance, her campaign or even her personal interactions with me, to anything she’s done over the past 30 years. It’s all a show. She’s been putting on a show for some time now. And we will see if the voters of Arizona buy it.”

He was asked by Bash if former President Trump’s actions on January 6 should disqualify him from holding public office; Ducey said:

“Dana, I condemned January 6. Everybody who broke the law ought to be punished. The voters will decide what the next steps are in this system. Many people are eager to discuss 2024. But I resist the temptation to discuss hypotheticals. I think the best way for us to turn this page and to move forward as a conservative Republican Party and a country is to make sure we get the best possible people elected in 2022.And that’s my focus, as well as running the state of Arizona, every single day.”

Ducey was questioned if he would back Trump in 2024 if the latter decides to run as President.

“I think we will have options in the 2024 primary race. We will be able to choose. And I want somebody who can win that general election, because I believe, with success in 2022, the general election is the Republican Party’s for the taking.”

Ducey and other conservatives could look for another candidate in 2024 to help them prepare for a presidential run.

Ducey said that the first goal was to elect as many GOP candidate as possible in 2022, before we think about 2024.

Ducey clearly favors Karrin Taylor Robertson, a conservative, to be the next Governor in Arizona. Mastriano is similar in his suspicion of Lake. They are easy targets for Democrats, regardless of the likely red wave, and are therefore skeptical.

Some believe Robson is the safer option, not only because she is a “real” conservative, but because the Democratic nominee will need to run on policies, and with inflation at a 40-year high and the southern border crisis, residents in Arizona will think twice before voting for the Democratic nominee. If Lake wins, Democrats may turn out in large numbers to ensure that the Trump-endorsed candidate doesn’t win the General Election. Lake could turn away independent voters from the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona Primary is August 2.

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