On February 20, the Republican party announced that it would be holding a thirteenth presidential debate in Salt Lake City. This will be the first time that Utah has hosted a presidential debate.
In an interview with Fox news, Jason Perry, Political Director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics said, “People are talking about the state of Utah, these candidates are actually spending time here in the state.”
On March 14, the GOP announced that Fox news will be sponsoring the debate, and that it will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
At the time this article was published, the remaining candidates in the running for the Republican nomination are Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Businessman Donald Trump.
A problem the Salt Lake City debate faces is an issue of attendance, while Ted Cruz is fully committed to attending the debate, the other three candidates have not confirmed.
Trump said to CNN, “I think we have had enough debates…I really think it’s enough debates, I don’t think there is any reason for the debates,” and claims that he does not want to attend the debate.
Kasich promised to drop out of the race if he loses his home state of Ohio in the days leading up to the debate. Rubio has also expressed concern for his political turnout in his home state, claiming that “If this community [Florida] doesn’t vote in historic numbers, I don’t know if I will be able to win.” In reference to Kasich and Rubio, The Washington Post claims, “It is a win-or-drop-out situation for [John] Kasich and Marco Rubio.”
The thirteenth Republican Presidential debate will be held on Monday, March 21 in the Salt Palace Convention Center. Those interested in attending the event in person can still apply for tickets at utah.gop by clicking on the submit ticket request button, or can tune in to any Fox News station on March 21 at 7 PM MST.