Utah Republicans face charges of shielding Sen. Mike Lee from primary debates

Utah Republicans face charges of shielding Sen. Mike Lee from primary debates


The Utah Republican Party is urging candidates not to commit to participating in primary debates until it’s guaranteed a say in the rules of the events, marking an unprecedented move that has sparked ire within the state GOP.

The state party should have a say in who moderates the debates and what questions are asked, Republican leaders argued in a statement late Tuesday. They noted that only GOP candidates are slated to participate in the primary debates hosted by the Utah Debate Commission in early June. However, the decision is drawing criticism from some Republicans who say it’s being used to shield incumbent Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) from debating.

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