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Hatch/Liljenquist debate set for June 15

Hatch/Liljenquist debate set for June 15



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SALT LAKE CITY — The single debate agreed to between the Republican U.S. Senate candidates has been set for June 15 on KSL radio.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and his primary challenger, former state lawmaker Dan Liljenquist, will square off on the Doug Wright Show at 9 a.m. for an hour-long, commercial- free debate.

The pair agreed to the debate in May, after Liljenquist's campaign repeatedly criticized Hatch for not being willing to debate after being forced into a primary at April's state GOP convention.

Liljenquist continued to push for a televised debate, but Hatch refused, maintaining that the radio debate would be sufficient. Hatch's campaign has said the candidates have already appeared together a total of 19 times, including at a dozen county party conventions.

KSL-TV proposed videotaping and rebroadcasting the radio debate on television, even offering to conduct and air a debate from Washington, D.C., to accommodate Hatch's schedule.

But Tanya Vea, KSL executive vice president for news and cross platform development, said the senator declined to do any televised debate. The radio debate will, however, be open to television cameras from all media outlets.

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