Salt Lake City will host Republican presidential debate March 21

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  • Pig Frizzle Tremonton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 2:18 p.m.

    I can't wait, it will be tremendous, huge & beautiful. We will make America great again, believe me, I know, you know! Huge wall with a big beautiful door! Believe me.


  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2016 4:13 a.m.

    Reagan cut taxed and revenues to the Treasury "Doubled".
    Supply side economics started with JFK, not Reagan.
    Works every time it's tried.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 12:36 p.m.

    @Rockwell: Reagan raised taxes 11 times after his initial tax cuts and the deficit grew exponentially under Reagan. His budget shenanigans are still being paid for by tax payers. He was never fiscally responsible, far from it.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 7:37 a.m.

    Utah must be giddy! It will be Utah's version of the Rapture. Bigger than General Conference! The coming together of true religion. Oh, be still my heart!

    @ Rockwell, whatever Reagan did, he was a huge spender and the deficit skyrocketed. His first budget increased the annual debt by 300% over Carter's last one. Literally tripled it.

  • Tanto Slc, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 6:04 a.m.

    Why isn't bill's wife and Bernie debating in Utah? After all they are the two most qualified people in the country to be running. Resumes are outstanding. My only questions is will bill's wife be wearing an orange pantsuit come Inauguration Day? I just love her in orange.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 5:55 a.m.

    Let's hope inversion season gets wrapped up then so that we don't have the world's cameras promote our poor air pollution. I know this is an ongoing battle with our Chambers of Commerce and state economic development people. The world descends on Utah, we have a red air alert day, and the news shifts to Utah's pollution... not good for business! Even if your a Republican!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 22, 2016 5:33 a.m.

    Doesn't mater WHO will be on the ticket...
    They will be Welcomed and fit right in with --

    Must - Always - Vote - For - the - "R", Utah.

    Especially that womanizer - Donald Trump.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 22, 2016 5:04 a.m.

    "There has never been one example in history when tax rates were lowered that tax revenues did not increase"

    Ok, fine. Then tell me why a top tax rate of 39% (under Obama) is a job and economic killer, but a top tax rate of 50% under Reagan is a boon?

    Keep in mind, Reagans tax rates were applied to much lower income brackets. Reagans tax rates were HIGHER than they are today by any honest measure.

    But then, who really wants an honest measure?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 4:52 p.m.

    Why are they imposing themselves on Utah? don't they realize that Utah will vote for "R" even if their candidate is Trump? They can't pander to anyone or get anything by coming here -- why are they wasting their time?

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 2:14 p.m.

    @cats. Show me mathematically how it is possible to cut taxes by 8.6 trillion (Ted Cruz plan) over the next decade and then recover that money with economic growth? In addition show me where Ted Cruz has proposed to cut spending to balance the current deficit budget of 500 billion annually and then cut the 860 billion annually he would need to balance the budget to offset his tax cuts.

    Lets do the math. Cruz would cut revenue by 860 billion a year over ten years essentially and you are arguing that with that tax cut we could grow the economy enough to recover that revenue every year for ten years. Well if you put 860 billion back in the economy how much would that money have to grow in order to tax it and recover that money?

    Taxes percentage of gdp currently is 17.7 percent which means that a 860 billion tax cut would have to produce a 465 percent growth in order to recover that money through taxes. Is that return realistic? No, which means Cruz would have to cut the budget by a third and still cut more to cover the current deficit.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 1:31 p.m.

    It is fitting that the old line Republican Party has come to Utah to die - to Utah the reddest of red states.

  • goodnight-goodluck S.L.C., UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 12:07 p.m.

    Please can they be moderated by Ken Verdoia and James Dabakis?

  • My2Sense Roy, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 11:38 a.m.

    Trump, believe it or not Is our Best Bet. Everyone else is holden to Donors and corruption except Ben Carson. Trump will Lower taxes on the middle class, he will lower business taxes, but red tape, and make America one of the greatest countries to manufacture in because of newly negotiated trade deals he will make in our favor or at least fair. Wages will go up, Replacing Obama Care will be smart and better than Obama care while covering more people, costing the nation less, costing you less through open market medical plans with competition across state lines. Your medical costs will go down. Medical Savings Accounts will go back to what they were (Tax Free)

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 11:13 a.m.

    If this debate comes about let us be courteous to Mr Trump and not as on this forum. Can we see the Donald's temperance (doesn't smoke, drink or take drugs) rather than his temper, and his industry (in this "Beehive State") rather than occasional 'French'. Let us not be among those who:

    "make a man an offender for a word and lay a snare for him that reproveth....and turn aside the just for a thing of naught." Isaiah 29 / 2 Nephi 27).

  • Utah Keith Roy, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 11:11 a.m.

    Personally, Provo or Ogden would be better choices I think rather than Liberal Salt Lake City. Especially keep it off of the "U". I think this is awesome in this election cycle and it is a great time to bring the candidates to Utah. Sadly the work of Herbert might make this a state with a Democratic Governor if he is the Republican Nominee, as I would vote Democrat rather than for Herbert, and the same holds true for my legislator if it's the incumbent. I love my Conservative Utah, but our Republicans in State Government are not Conservative and they are corrupt! Can't wait to have the opportunity to meet Donald Trump! He is my guy because I for one and Sick & Tired of all the Corruption and out of touch representatives in Washington who don't do the will of the people! I hope he fingers them all so we can get back to being Constitutionalists! Every other candidate except Ben Carson is a Washington Guy like it or not, and it will be the same games as usual.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 11:05 a.m.

    I don't think Hillory and Bernie will come her for any event unless its a lynch party. Bill couldn't even place third to G H W Bush and Ross Perot in 1992

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 10:37 a.m.

    So if we cut taxes to 0 we'd have more revenue? If you look at the revenue around the Bush tax cut years you'd see a dip in revenue the next couple years and then it starts increasing from that lower level afterwards. What are we seeing? A drop in revenue because tax cuts reduce revenue, then population growth, inflation, and economic growth eventually bring revenue up past the 2000 level. If you didn't have the Bush tax cuts you'd have a couple hundred billion more in revenue each of those years since it wouldn't have taken 6 years to get back to the revenue you were taking in pre-cuts and you'd have population growth, inflation, and economic development making it higher immediately.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 10:17 a.m.

    Just because you live in Utah doesn't mean you have to vote Republican. The vast majority doesn't vote at all. I wonder where an average person can get tickets for this. I am sure it will be fun.

  • Hank Jr Deer Ridge, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 9:13 a.m.

    Our beloved state will be a fantastic format for the GOP Debate.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 9:07 a.m.

    Utah is entering a hostage situation. It must vote republican. And, more and more, it appears that means it must vote trump. A candidate for president who can't put a sentence of more than ten words together and whose campaign events are too 'raunchy' for prime time here.
    It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  • Mtn. Man Bedford, WY
    Feb. 21, 2016 9:03 a.m.

    Glad to see this come to Utah! I would be interested in seeing a debate centered on each person's plan to reduce the national debt.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 8:47 a.m.

    Dear Shaun:

    There has never been one example in history when tax rates were lowered that tax revenues did not increase. In other words, tax cuts enhance economic growth which leads to more taxpayers and higher revenues. We need to grow the pie rather than always trying to figure out how to redistribute the pie. A bigger pie leads to more prosperity for all.

  • LoBo4Justice Coalville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 8:18 a.m.

    After Reagan cut taxes in 1981, he went on to pass two bills, in 1982 and 1984, that combined to create the biggest tax increase ever enacted in peacetime. Directly aimed at the 1%, it reversed most of the benefits of the original tax legislation. Reagan understood the meaning of fair play. By now, most of the '82 and '84 legislation has been thrown to the wayside, which is why we have growing economic inequality.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 7:42 a.m.

    Ted Cruz 2016. He is the only true principled Constitutionalist in the group. We need a firm hand on bringing this country back. We need the steady hand of Ted Cruz!

  • tennerifa Orem, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 6:32 a.m.

    Where can I get tickets to this chuckle-fest?

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Feb. 21, 2016 12:56 a.m.

    Now that Bush is not in the running, I think we can pretty much tell who is favored by the big government establishment clan.

  • Tango Dancer Bronx, NY
    Feb. 21, 2016 12:18 a.m.

    This debate may be absolutely useless in determining the Republican presidential nominee. With Donald Trump riding the wave after his big win in New Hampshire, he could very well be the Republican presidential nominee by March 22nd.

    Jeb Bush has suspended his campaign after the South Carolina primary, so he's out.

    Kasich and Carson are in the single digits. They may only be holding on because the anti-Trump movement funded by the Republican National Party isn't functioning too well. But they are effectively out of the running and only continue to spend money.

    Rafael Cruz is foundering as his evangelical message is not working with the people with it would resonate the most. Utah is not his natural audience. And if he loses Texas on March 1st, he will be gone.

    That leaves not-ready-for-prime-time Marco Rubio (MarcoBot) who has minimal experience according to Jeb Bush and who has aligned more with The Donald to appeal to the Republican disaffected and angry. Maybe Rubio can go the distance. A lot of money will be thrown his way by the SuperPACS and he may just pull this through to a contested convention.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2016 11:45 p.m.

    The conservative leader Trump will be coronated in Utah.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Feb. 20, 2016 11:17 p.m.

    And where are the clowns
    Send in the clowns
    Don't bother, they're here. (On March 21st)

    Our grand country, once considered a great experiment, is doomed. Come November, we will have a choice between another Clinton and Trump. I will never vote for Clinton. I cannot vote for Trump and keep my dinner down. What do I do? It is that old rock and a hard space....the ages old conundrum of danged if I know what I mean.

    Perhaps we will have a third party candidate show up. Where are Ralph Nader and Pat Paulson when you need them?

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 20, 2016 9:56 p.m.


    Reagan decreased taxes and increased revenue.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 20, 2016 8:10 p.m.

    Every republican presidential candidate tax cut plan will increase deficits.

    What is conservative about increasing deficits and adding to the national debt?

    Feb. 20, 2016 8:05 p.m.

    Re: "Instead of being a flyover state, every camera that follows politics will be in our backyard," Chaffetz said"

    Right down Caffetz's alley! You can bet that Caffetz will get in front of everyone of those camera's!

    Sarcasm aside and even though the Republican party left me and thousands of other Utahns, it is feather in the Utah Republican Parties hat to land a National Presidential Debate!

    Getting the Political Spotlight on Utah is a Plus!