GOP debate in Utah canceled after Trump, Kasich announce plans to skip it

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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.

Trump said he was already scheduled to give a speech for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).