Journalists’ Roundtable: 10-21-22: Discussion with Katie Hobbs and more

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the journalists’ roundtable. Joining us tonight for a look into the week’s top stories are Jonathan Cooper of the Associated Press and Richard Ruelas of the Arizona Republic &

This week’s topics include:

  • Katie Hobbs Interview
  • HighGround/KTVK Polls (senate/gov/SOS/AG/Supt. public inst.)
  • County: Election Workers Being Harassed
  • Registration Error Affecting 1K Voters
  • Border Shipping Container Fight
  • Finchem Sends Cease/Desist to Media

Katie Hobbs Interview

Jonathan Cooper: “I think she said explicitly that she wanted to turn the page on this debate over debates and that was very much her M.O. going into that. We heard a lot of the stuff that she said before about the election and her feeling that Kari Lake is dangerous. She succeeded I think in calming some of the nerves of Democrats who have been a little bit concerned about her lack of public appearances and just sort of the way her campaign has been going. I think she very much wanted to turn the page, and she’s said that directly.”

Richard Ruelas: “I think the one thing that we missed, not to get back into the debate about debates, but as a journalist, in an interview you can ask probing questions and maybe as close as a ‘gotchya’ question is as far as you can go. But what you’re missing is the confrontation, when the person on the other side says something mean, and how you react. And that’s what we didn’t get to see. I mean, she had 27 minutes or so of being able to articulate her positions. As a viewer, it came off a little rehearsed.”

While she made some points that were previously said, if viewers took the time to watch the whole thing, it gave them a sense of who Hobbs is and what she stands for, according to Ruelas.

Jim Small, Arizona Mirror; Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press; Richard Ruelas, Arizona Republic &

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