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Republican candidates for president to debate in Salt Lake City March 21

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is about to get a big dose of GOP front-runner Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field for president.

The Republican National Committee announced that a debate will be held in Salt Lake City on March 21, one day before the caucuses in Utah.

The Utah Republican Party said this will be the first time a presidential primary debate has been held here in Utah.

"We're usually a flyover state, but now the whole country is going to have its focus on Utah, so this is huge, this is a big deal," Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican representing Utah's 3rd District, said.

Utah Republicans said this is more than just a debate, it's a message.

"I think Utahns will make a difference this time around, and that's why I think you see the debate held here in Utah," said James Evans, Chair of the Utah Republican Party.

By the time the debate takes place, 60 percent of the delegates will already be accounted for. Utah Republicans said it's not far-fetched to say that Utah's 40 delegates could be the deciding factor in choosing the presidential nominee.

"A lot of times presidential races, by the time they roll around to Utah, they have come and gone, but there is still a real race on our hands," Chaffetz said.

This debate also means that the Beehive State should be buzzing with campaign stops from the likes of Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio--and whoever else is still standing next month.

"We are a state that punches above its weight politically, and I think the RNC and even the presidential candidates recognize that, and this is a state that they should visit," Evans said.

The venue for the debate and the network that will be broadcasting it have yet to be determined. Those decisions will be made by the RNC.

11 comments

    • bob

      I can’t stand the guy. He has no ideas of any kind regarding actual problems. But he’s hated by all the people I hate. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      So he’s got my vote, but only because there is no better alternative left standing.

      His opponent will be a Saul Alinsky-trained gangster, or a burned out old communist curmudgeon. What a choice! I’m thinking of moving to Russia. If you have to live under a dictatorship at least live under a dictator with some stones.

      • Not a Bob

        I can’t stand Trump, either. It’s like watching a high school student run for President.

        And I’m not voting for him. Any Republican candidate I vote for has to be able to stand up against Hillary and, honestly, any man against a ‘woman’ isn’t going to win. Especially a rich old white guy. I believe Rubio has the best chance of winning against the dems, being young and non-white.

        But what I dislike most about these debates is how the candidates rip into each other. By tearing each other down they’re just giving the dems fuel to use against the winner later on. And the attacks completely destroy these candidates’ credibility. Several months from now they’ll be heralding the GOP candidate–how believable will their praises be after ripping into the candidate just a few months before? Trump leads the pack in personal attacks. I have no respect for him.

        But Trump does scare me. I’m afraid if he doesn’t get his way (by winning the nomination) then he’ll run as an independent, thereby insuring the dems a victory. I sometimes wonder if he isn’t a dem in Republican clothing and this is all just a ruse to insure Hillary gets into the White House.

      • bob

        If Trump does win the primaries the Establishment, which doesn’t care which party wins as long as one of their approved candidates wins, will trot out their lap dog Mitt Romney to split the vote and get Hillary elected.

    • Techie

      Trump will be an absolute disaster for this country. I do not think he will make it past the democratic nominee though – which is even worse. Look at the poles. He always loses to the democrat.

      Wake up people! What kind of judges do you think Trump will put on the Supreme Court? With his past history of supporting very liberal big government socialist democrats do you really think he is going to put someone like Antonin Scalia on the court. We need a very strong constitutional conservative to replace Antonin Scalia or this country will go down the liberal socialist big government control path and never recover.

      Cruz is the only way this country survives. We need someone who will follow the constitution. Trump thinks he can do it all himself because he is so great. This country is not great because of a president it is great because of the people. But, this country can be destroyed by a bad president like Trump or one of the democrats.

      Please, wake-up people! We need to restore the constitution to its rightful place and put constitutional conservatives on the Supreme Court.

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  • Techie

    Trump will be an absolute disaster for this country. I do not think he will make it past the democratic nominee though – which is even worse. Look at the poles. He always loses to the democrat.

    Wake up people! What kind of judges do you think Trump will put on the Supreme Court? With his past history of supporting very liberal big government socialist democrats do you really think he is going to put someone like Antonin Scalia on the court. We need a very strong constitutional conservative to replace Antonin Scalia or this country will go down the liberal socialist big government control path and never recover.

    Cruz is the only way this country survives. We need someone who will follow the constitution. Trump thinks he can do it all himself because he is so great. This country is not great because of a president it is great because of the people. But, this country can be destroyed by a bad president like Trump or one of the democrats.

    Please, wake-up people! We need to restore the constitution to its rightful place and put constitutional conservatives on the Supreme Court.

  • whatifdave

    1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and Hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen.
    As such, you cannot be for the Bible and hate Democrats/Hillary/liberals/immigrants at the same time.

    • bob

      Why do you hate legal immigrants so much?

      And I’m an atheist. I really don’t care who you invisible space alien would vote for.

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