Speaking with reporters after an Arizona Chamber of Commerce forum on Wednesday evening, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake addressed questions from a crowd of reporters on whether she would consider running as former President Donald Trump’s vice president in the 2024 elections.
Speaking in regards to Trump, who has yet to announce whether he is running for president in 2024 but has hinted in the affirmative, one reporter asked, if he "were to tap you to be VP, is that something you would consider?"
"No," Lake responded. "I hate — first of all I don’t like Washington, DC, especially don’t like it now."
"It's funny though that that question is asked because for so long many of you in the media have been trying to act like I don't have the skill to run for governor, now apparently I'm so skilled that you think I should be VP. So I take it as a compliment. Thank you for asking. Thank you for asking," she added.
The reporter continued on to ask whether Lake has talked to Trump about the prospect.
"I talk to President Trump all the time, and I have not talked to him about that, no," she replied.
"I am applying for the job of Arizona governor and I'm reaching out to the people every single day. Where is Katie Hobbs right now? She should be standing right here, right here answering your questions. How often does she talk to you? If you're MSNBC, maybe all the time, but if you want to ask her a pressing question, she cowers and she's a coward.
"I’m applying for a job, and the people of Arizona are the hiring manager and they are my boss. And I'm going to be here, much to the chagrin of some of you, not just for years as your governor, I'm going to be here eight years as your governor. So have fun and get used to it because we are going places and we're going to have the greatest state in the country. Thank you very much," Lake concluded.
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Hobbs has refused to debate Lake, with Hobbs’ team instead opting for a "separate thirty minute town hall-style interview with Ted Simons, which could appear back-to-back in the same hour."
Wednesday’s gubernatorial forum was hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, featuring each candidate speaking separately on stage with a moderator.
Hobbs also quickly left the venue after the conclusion of the event, leaving Lake as the only candidate around to answer questions from the press and business owners.
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