SALT LAKE CITY — The GOP presidential primary debate scheduled for Monday has been canceled, a representative for the Salt Palace Convention Center confirmed to KSTU.
The debate was canceled following Donald Trump’s announcement that he wouldn’t be attending and a subsequent announcement from the campaign strategist for Gov. John Kasich that he wouldn’t attend without Trump.
“I will say this. I will say this. I think we’ve had enough debates. We’ve had 11 or 12 debates. I did really well in the last one. I think I’ve done well in all the debates. I mean, according to Drudge and everybody else, I won the debates. But I think we’ve had enough. How many times can the same people ask you the same question? So I was very surprised when I heard that Fox called for a debate. Nobody told me about it and I won’t be there, no,” Trump said in a telephone interview on Fox & Friends Wednesday.
Trump said he was already scheduled to give a speech for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Kasich’s campaign strategist John Weaver tweeted shortly after Trump’s announcement that Kasich, too, would not attend.
Weaver said in a statement to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City:
“Donald Trump’s decision to scuttle the Salt Lake City debate is disappointing, but not surprising. His values are out of step with the people of Utah. We had hoped to contrast Governor Kasich’s positive inclusive approach to problem solving with Trump’s campaign of division. If he changes his mind, we will be there.”