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'Arizona Horizon' host Ted Simons on why candidate debates matter

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 11:27am
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 11:28am

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Debbie Lesko and Hiral Tipirneni sit behind a desk with moderators at Arizona PBS
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Republican Debbie Lesko (left) and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni (right) face off in a debate in 2018 with Ted Simons as moderator.

The issue of debates became a big one over the course of Arizona's midterm elections.

The Republican gubernatorial primary debate went viral for a number of contentious exchanges. And then, of course, then candidate Katie Hobbs declined to debate GOP nominee Kari Lake in the general election — in part, citing the primary debate as a reason for not taking part.

But Ted Simons says debates are an important part of the process — both for candidates and for voters. Simons is the host of Arizona Horizon, which has hosted statewide debates for many years.

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