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Fox News debate canceled after Trump backs out

Fox News debate cancelled after Trump backs out
Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 09:09:28-04

The Republican presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Salt Lake City has been canceled after front runner Donald Trump and John Kasich said they would not attend.

Karen Boe, a spokeswoman for the Salt Palace Convention Center, said they were informed Wednesday morning that the event was being scrapped.

Donald Trump said Wednesday morning he would not participate because "we've had enough debates." Trump said Wednesday on Fox News that he's committed to a big speech the same night.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's spokesman then said he won't debate without Donald Trump onstage.

The debate was scheduled a day before Utah's caucus and Arizona's primary.

It would have been the first presidential debate held in Utah.

Michael Clemente, Fox's executive vice president for news, released this statement:

“On Feb. 20, the Republican National Committee announced that a GOP presidential primary debate would be held on March 21 in Salt Lake City. They offered that debate to Fox News Channel to host, provided there were enough candidates actively campaigning. This morning, Donald Trump announced he would not be participating in the debate. Shortly afterward, John Kasich's campaign announced that without Trump at the debate, Kasich would not participate. Ted Cruz has expressed a willingness to debate Trump or Kasich — or both. But obviously, there needs to be more than one participant. So the Salt Lake City debate is cancelled.”The Republican presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Salt Lake City has been canceled after front runner Donald Trump and John Kasich said they would not attend."