The GOP Salt Lake City FOX News debate has been canceled.
This comes after Donald Trump told FOX and Friends Wednesday he was skipping the event for an appearance at AIPAC.
FOX13 Utah reported:
Monday’s GOP presidential debate scheduled here in Utah has been canceled, FOX 13 News has confirmed.
The decision to cancel the debate followed Donald Trump’s announcement on “FOX & Friends” that he would not be appearing. Instead, he said he would be appearing at a pro-Israel group’s event on Monday night. Trump dropping out led John Kasich to indicate he would not be appearing at Monday’s debate.
“We had hoped to contrast Governor Kasich’s positive inclusive approach to problem solving with Trump’s campaign of division,” said Kasich chief strategist John Weaver in an emailed statement to FOX 13. “If he changes his mind, we will be there.”
Following phone conferences between FOX News Channel and the Republican National Committee, the event was canceled, representatives for the Salt Palace confirmed. Utah Republican Party officials told FOX 13 it was Kasich’s decision to back out of Monday’s debate that killed it. Ted Cruz would have been the only candidate on stage.
“We’re sorry it’s not happening,” said Bruce Hough, the Republican National Committeeman for Utah.
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