Republican debate canceled after Trump says he won’t attend

The Republican presidential debate that was scheduled for Monday in Utah has been canceled in the wake of Donald Trump's announcement that he would not attend, FOX 13 in Salt Lake City reported Wednesday.

Trump had earlier announced that he would not attend the debate and would instead focus on his speech at the AIPAC policy conference.

Trump dropping out led Ohio Governor John Kasich to indicate he would not be appearing at Monday's debate either, according to FOX 13.

"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."

According to the report, following phone conferences between FOX News Channel and the Republican National Committee, the event was canceled.

Utah Republican Party officials told FOX 13 it was Kasich's decision to back out of Monday's debate that killed it. Texas Senator Ted Cruz would have been the only candidate on stage.

AIPAC announced last Friday that Trump would be speaking at the policy conference, to take place between March 20 and 22.

An earlier announcement said that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would speak at the conference as well.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209513

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