Gov. Ducey joins CNN to discuss Arizona GOP, COVID-19 vaccine plan

Jan 31, 2021, 11:22 AM

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appeared on CNN on Sunday discussing the outlook of the Republican Party and COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state.

Ducey talked about the state of Republican politics in Arizona after being shown a cartoon posted by Cindy McCain caricaturing the censorship of Ducey, McCain and Jeff Flake by Arizona Republican Chairman, Kelli Ward.

“The party in Arizona has had a long history of discontent,” Ducey said.

“I think that the state party chairman should focus on winning races. That should be a top priority,” he added. “I believe I was in good company in that cartoon.”

Ducey had been criticized locally and publicly by Republican leaders, including by former President Donald Trump, for not doing enough to overturn election results in favor the GOP candidate.

Ducey defended his efforts saying that the election results would have had to be challenged through the judiciary after he certified the results. Those efforts fell unsuccessfully.

“I worked incredibly hard to deliver the state for Donald Trump, and red, up through Election Day,” Ducey said.

The governor also defended the efforts by the state to implement and distribute COVID-19 vaccines efficiently, adding that Arizona had distributed 629,000 vaccines.

Ducey said that the state is increasing its capability to administer vaccinations through 24/7 sites at State Farm Stadium and the site opening at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

“What we need right now are more vaccines. We’re in danger of running out of the vaccines we have,” Ducey said.

“All we can do is distribute what we receive from the federal government and the private sector. So we are working with the Biden administration to get more vaccines.”

Ducey was also asked if he would be running for U.S. Senate after his term of governor expired, which he reiterated that he will not.

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Gov. Ducey joins CNN to discuss Arizona GOP, COVID-19 vaccine plan