Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake responded to speculation she might be tapped as former President Trump’s VP pick in 2024 on the “Todd Starnes Show.”
Lake, who is running for governor against Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, made it clear where she stands on the rumors being pushed by the mainstream media Friday.
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“You’ll love this line from Politico. They said if Lake wins, she instantly has to be at the top of Trump’s potential VP list,” host Todd Starnes said.
“You know, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about that lately, which I’m going to be I’m just going to say thank you. I’m flattered because I’ve been on the campaign trail roughly 509 days, but who’s counting?” Lake began.
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“And, you know, it wasn’t too long ago maybe, you know, 300-400 days in that the mainstream media was trying to attack me: ‘What is she now? How dare she run for office? Who the heck does she think she is? What’s her qualification?’ And now they’re saying, ‘Whoa, are we going to see you in the White House someday?’ So it’s been a big shift,” Lake explained.
“I think they’re just trying to scare the people that I won’t be here for the long haul,” she added. “And my answer to them is, to the fake news, look, I’m not only going to be here four years and be your worst enemy, I’m going to be your worst enemy for eight years. So get ready to rumble with a governor who’s actually going to do something in Arizona. And I don’t care what the fake news says.”
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Below is a rushed transcript from the Todd Starnes Show:
STARNES: [00:00:49] You know, it is it is very rare for there to be a person, a candidate out on the campaign trail who is able to to hit a home run on every single issue facing voters. And yet, Kari Lake is that candidate. If if we had more candidates running eight races like Kari Lake has done, it would not be a tsunami. It would be like in that movie 2012 when the, you know, two mile high waves just swept across the world. That’s the kind of an impact that Kari Lake is having in the Arizona gubernatorial race and she is on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. Kari, good to have you back with us today. [00:01:31][42.4]
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LAKE: [00:01:32] It’s great to be here, Todd. I hope all is well with you. [00:01:35][2.7]
STARNES: [00:01:35] You know, things are going well. And Kari, we’ve covered your story. You’ve been on this program many times in the past from your days on TV and now, of course, out on the campaign trail. First of all, how are things going out there? [00:01:48][12.6]
LAKE: [00:01:49] Well, we’re doing great. The new polling we’re receiving, we’ve got new polls showing us up anywhere from 3 to 4 points. And but we’re still acting like we’re 20 down. We’ve got the pedal to the metal and we don’t take any chances because we’re dealing with people who, you know, are capable of anything. So we’re working really hard. And the great thing is we have not just a campaign, we have a movement, and there’s no stopping the people in Arizona. They’re ready to make sure that we preserve what makes Arizona special. They’re tired of the nonsense. They want commonsense, and they’re ready for someone who they know is in this for the right reasons. Which is me. [00:02:26][36.4]
STARNES: [00:02:26] And Kari, you have such a powerful way of communicating these issues. And there are just so many to run on. I mean, it’s the nation’s really a dumpster fire. What would you say is the key issue that you’re hearing from voters in Arizona? [00:02:42][15.4]
LAKE: [00:02:43] Oh, boy, it’s hard to say. I mean, obviously, the border is huge. And because the border is wide open, it’s causing many other problems and it contributes to every other problem we have. So the border is number one. We have to stop the cartels that are running our border right now. The narco-terrorists are in charge of our border. And that’s a frightening thing. And we can blame it on Joe Biden and his administration. And we’re seeing a huge amount of the most dangerous, deadly drug we’ve ever seen coming through Arizona — fentanyl. And so we have to secure the border, stop those drugs, stop people from coming in illegally, because the drugs are now leading to this epidemic of poisonings with our young people. The number one cause of death from 18 to 45 is fentanyl poisoning. It’s not car crashes, it’s not cancer, it’s not COVID. And so we have to tackle that border to stop the fentanyl deaths. So we want to tackle the chronic street homelessness as well. And a lot of that is fueled by the cheap fentanyl pouring across the border. There’s a lot of issues. The economy is weighing on people. I’m really concerned right now. And lately I’ve be getting a lot of people who are nearing retirement or who are retired, who are really nervous, Todd. They’re looking at their savings. They’ve worked hard their whole lives and they’re realizing a third of it has dried up under Joe Biden. And they’re worried they may have to go back to work someday. And here they are in their seventies or are approaching 80. It’s frightening what’s happening. There’s a lot of problems right now. And, you know, it’s not rocket science. We are so lucky as Republicans because we have the solutions. All of the solutions that we have are common sense. All we have to do is go out there and articulate them. And when the media tries to prevent us from talking about what we want to do, because they want to keep us on issues that they think will hurt us, we just need to flip the script on them. You know, they tried to go after me for my abortion stance and I said, I’m not radical. I want to save babies and help mothers. You guys, these pro-abortionists, want to take babies right up until the ninth month and beyond. That is radical. [00:04:45][121.5]
STARNES: [00:04:46] It is radical. And I loved how you had this interaction with a CNN reporter. It was just so Hilaire. I don’t know why. I just laughed every time I see this where the first thing you say is, where’s your mask and the see it? And plus, oh, yeah, we have the debate on CNN+, it looks like you’re having fun out there. I mean, I know you’re getting a lot of attacks, but it looks like you are having a good time out there. [00:05:08][22.4]
LAKE: [00:05:09] I’m having fun. And the people who are attacking me, let me tell you, I mean, I get attacked in the paper every day, but nobody’s reading that paper. It’s just a rag. I get attacked on the local news. Their ratings are so in the toilet that no one’s watching them. And so they don’t have the power that they think they have. And I know that the majority of the people who work in local news and in the media, you know, I’m going to be honest, though, not the same caliber that we had 20 and 30 years ago. [00:05:39][29.8]
STARNES: [00:05:39] It’s true. [00:05:40][0.2]
LAKE: [00:05:40] All the really good people with depth and knowledge and understanding, they got moved out because they made too much money and they got replaced with four or five, you know, kids fresh out of journalism school where they’ve been indoctrinating them and teaching them to be social activists, not journalists. So they’re not that smart. It’s not that hard to outsmart a, you know, a bunch of dummies who are pushing an agenda. [00:06:01][21.4]
STARNES: [00:06:03] And Kari, I think the greatest, you know, issue where that’s had an impact is, in fact, the White House press corps, where you’re right, you had to work most of your career to get there. And now you’ve got kids in their twenties and thirties that are asking questions. They have no historical context. They had no life experience. And I think that hurts I think that hurts the news coverage overall. [00:06:21][18.4]
LAKE: [00:06:22] Totally. I remember the last time I was in the White House press conference, I was there once under President Obama because I interviewed him and under President Trump. And I looked around the room and I saw the hostility when they were questioning, you know, the Trump people. And it was totally different than the way they questioned the Obama people. By the way, some of the same journalists. It was like totally different line of questioning. And I looked around and they’re all young and, you know. Nothing against young people. I loved being young. It was great. But I thought, wow, their biggest concern, many of these people is probably, where are we going to brunch and where are we going to go have mimosas, you know, on Sunday, they don’t they don’t have depth. They don’t have life experience. Like you mentioned, many of them probably don’t have children in a family. And when you start having children in a family and you start raising children, you start your perspective changes your understanding of what’s really important in life changes. And I think it’s a disservice to America when our ranks in the press are filled with people who are all of a certain age and don’t have that life experience. We need a nice blend of people of different ages, different backgrounds and who are ideologically diverse. Not based on just skin color. [00:07:37][74.6]
STARNES: [00:07:38] Kari, I’m curious to get your take on Tulsi Gabbard. [00:07:40][1.5]
LAKE: [00:07:42] You know what? I didn’t know her at all. I admired her because as a as a Democrat, she was willing to speak out when things didn’t make sense. And so when I heard that she had walked away from the Democrat Party, her team actually reached out and said, we want to make a phone call with you. And she wanted to endorse me. And I thought, you know, that’s wonderful because we are, after all, trying to bring more people over to the Republican Party. Yeah. And we have a lot of independents. The majority of our voters in Arizona are independents. And when she said she was willing to come out and, you know, go on the campaign trail with us, we just took her up on that offer. It was a generous offer for her to take a whole day and a night and show up in Arizona. We’re trying to grow a new Republican Party. We want Democrats who are waking up to the nonsense of that party, who are realizing that it’s not really the old Democrat Party anymore. Some Leftists have taken over. We want them to join us in the Republican movement. We want Independents to come over and we want to grow the biggest Republican Party with commonsense ideas restoring our freedom and restoring our liberties and restoring the Constitution. [00:08:47][64.9]
STARNES: [00:08:48] Kari, real quick here before we have to let you go and we really appreciate your time. What is at stake here? Why why is this election the one that really matters? [00:08:57][9.4]
LAKE: [00:08:59] I think my election for governor and I promise you, Todd, I’m not saying this because I’m in it is the most important race in the entire country, because what we’re looking at is a border state. And if we let a border state fall into the hands of someone like my opponent who is a socialist, open-borders globalist, we’re going to lose our country. We need to have at least one state. We’ve got Texas. Is this clinging, clinging to some hope down there, just hanging by a thread. And we need Arizona. We’ve got to secure this border or we won’t have a country. 100 million people want to come into America. And Joe Biden, if he’s got his way, he’ll let that happen. We are a compassionate people, but we can’t have millions of people coming here illegally anymore. It’s going to change our country and destroy our country. We can’t afford it, frankly. And so we’ve got we’re at the heart of the border battle. We’re at the heart of what’s happening with this this attempt to take down and poison our country with fentanyl. And that stems from an open border. And that’s why we’re going to shut the border to illegal traffic and trafficking, I should say. And then we also are at the heart of election integrity. We’re going to restore faith and honesty in our elections here. We’re also at the forefront of education freedom. We’ve been blazing that trail for decades now, and we actually fund the student, not the system anymore. So we’re going to watch as our education system gets transformed for the better down here in Arizona. [00:10:24][84.7]
STARNES: [00:10:25] You’ll love this line from Politico. They said if Lake wins, she instantly has to be at the top of Trump’s potential VP list. [00:10:32][7.6]
LAKE: [00:10:35] You know, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about that lately, which I’m going to be I’m just going to say thank you. I’m flattered because I’ve been on the campaign trail roughly 509 days, but who’s counting? And, you know, it wasn’t too long ago maybe, you know, 300, 400 days in that the mainstream media was trying to attack me. What is she now? How dare she run for office? Who the heck does she think she is? What’s her qualification? And now they’re saying, Whoa, are we going to see you in the White House someday? So it’s been a big shift. I think they’re just trying to scare the people that I won’t be here for the long haul. And my answer to them is, to the fake news. Look, I’m not only going to be here four years and be your worst enemy. I’m going to be your worst enemy for eight years. So get ready to rumble with a governor who’s actually going to do something in Arizona. And I don’t care what the fake news says. [00:11:25][50.1]
STARNES: [00:11:25] Love it. All right, Kari, we appreciate the time. Good luck to you. We’re rooting for you here. And you got a lot of fans all over America. [00:11:32][6.8]
LAKE: [00:11:33] Thank you, Todd. I appreciate your support and thanks for having me on. [00:11:37][3.1]
STARNES: [00:11:37] All right, Kari Lake, everybody. [00:11:38][0.9]