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Recap: 3rd District congressional GOP candidates debate on KSL Newsradio

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Recap: 3rd District congressional GOP candidates debate on KSL Newsradio

By KSL.com | Posted - Aug. 7, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — Three Republicans running for Utah's 3rd Congressional District seat — left vacant by Jason Chaffetz in late June — squared off in a debate on KSL Newsradio Monday morning.

Candidates in the Aug. 15 Republican primary are Provo Mayor John Curtis, former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and Alpine lawyer Tanner Ainge.

KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright moderated questions asked by listeners, which ranged from health care to taxes.

Click here or watch video from the the full debate or watch the Facebook embed below.

KSL.com also tweeted live throughout the event. Highlights can be found below.

Polls have shown Ainge and Herrod trailing Curtis. Gov. Gary Herbert has endorsed Curtis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz campaigned for Herrod in Lehi last month, and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Ainge on Thursday.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Kathie Allen, a physician, in a special election in November.

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> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) starts off debate talking about his international experience. "I understand who Putin is. He's a very good chess player." > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894591498733314048)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) is now talking about his business experience. "I've seen firsthand how regulations can be stifling." [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894591897829756928)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut): "Today Provo's property tax rate is lower than when I took office... I'm running a Utah-based and Utah-principled campaign." > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894592396733800449)

> Q1: We need some "purple" people. Which of you is most partisan? [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894592676812607488)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says he would work with anybody he needs to to reduce federal spending. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894593148315353088)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) says he's worked around the table with people to solve problems in Provo. [\#utpo](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpo?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894593390431485952)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) says have to know when to compromise and when not compromise. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894593571679911936)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut): "First thing I'd like to do is turn things around & make sure we're taking care of Americans first." [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894593965214769152)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress): "We know best how to take care of Utahns here in this state." [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) > > Watch live: > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894594182811066368)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) give kudos to Utah Leg for resisting Medicaid expansion. Money should go to states in block grants. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894594167891828736)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says Medicaid money should go to states with no strings attached. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894594406694572032)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) says socialized medicine is not the solution on health care, need free markets. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894594679370416129)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says need to reintroduce choice, competition into health care system. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894594963048026112)

> Tanner Ainge says we need health care plans that allow states flexibility. "We can get something passed on a bipartisan solution." [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894595669347794944)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) says health care solutions have to deal with free market, choice, accountability. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894595344293548033)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) says Curtis supporting BRT in Provo is not conservative. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894596616400666624)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) wonders why false negative ads funded by out of state PACs are aimed at him. Asks opponents to denounce them. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894596423458504704)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) talking about negative campaign ads: If you're going to photoshop me, the least you could do is put me in a suit that fits. [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894597621406248960)

> "That's a lie" says [@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) in heated exchange with [@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) about tax increases in Provo & other campaign messaging in mailers [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [pic.twitter.com/8PvCuoaNLp](https://t.co/8PvCuoaNLp) > > — Ladd Egan (@laddegan) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/laddegan/status/894598163058704384)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says he wouldn't write black check for people who are "abusing the power of the purse." [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894599812837892097)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) says he's the only candidate who has reduced budgets, Utah can be model for nation. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894600011803054084)

> Should [\#cd3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/cd3?src=hash) GOP primary be closed to only registered Republicans? [@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) & [@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) say yes. [@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says plays by rules. [pic.twitter.com/G3SLNw0VOW](https://t.co/G3SLNw0VOW) > > — Ladd Egan (@laddegan) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/laddegan/status/894601525795864576)

> .[@tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge) says Bears Ears was abuse of federal power, needs to be rescinded. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894601950301364225)

> On public lands, [@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) says he supports relooking at Bears Ears NM designation. Locals make best decisions. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894601440366256129)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress) says Bears Ears NM "absolutely" needs to be repealed as does Antiquities Act. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#3CD](https://twitter.com/hashtag/3CD?src=hash) > > — Dennis Romboy (@dennisromboy) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/dennisromboy/status/894601773993803776)

> Q: Do you believe in term limitations for the Senate & House? All 3 candidates: Yes, absolutely. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894602886184804352)

> .[@Curtisut](https://twitter.com/Curtisut) in closing statement: I’m proud of my record in Provo. Mentions leadership skills and importance of taking Utah values to DC. > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894603858424471552)

> .[@Tannerainge](https://twitter.com/tannerainge): I’m disturbed by how we don’t have a voice in the House. I promise Utahns voices will be heard. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894604181482459138)

> .[@Herrod4Congress](https://twitter.com/Herrod4Congress): I have a proven conservative record and a record of doing what I said I would do. [\#utpol](https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash) [\#CD3](https://twitter.com/hashtag/CD3?src=hash) > > — KSL (@KSLcom) [August 7, 2017](https://twitter.com/KSLcom/status/894604346502955008)

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