Third Congressional District candidates talk Trump and other key issues ahead of primary

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Candidates are making a final push as we head down the stretch to Utah’s Primary Election.

Republicans are deciding who they want to represent them in Utah’s Third Congressional District. Monday, both candidates were hosted by the University of Utah. Representative, Jason Chaffetz, (R) Utah is asking voters for another term in office.

As the Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee he says he wants to continue to hold government officials accountable. He also says our country needs a stronger strategy for taking on terrorism.

“I want to be playing an away game, not a home game. We need to take the fight to ISIS, and that is not happening,” said Chaffetz.

Chaffetz is being challenged for the party nomination by BYU Professor, Chai-Chi Teng. Teng says he wants to cut back on taxes and out of control government spending. He accuses Chaffetz of being weak on both.

“Between Mr. Chaffetz and I, who really cares about controlling the federal spending, and who really cares about having fewer laws and fewer regulations that really help the small businesses here in Utah,” said Teng.

Chaffetz quickly dismisses that.

“Part of the silly season,” said Chaffetz.

One thing both agree on is the need for the Republican Party to rally behind the nominee.

“It’s not about the next four years, but it’s also about the choices of Supreme Court who’s going to be the next 25 years,” said Teng.

I support the nominee. It’s about anybody but Clinton, ABC of politics. I think the one thing that unites Republicans is Hillary Clinton, because her as President is just untenable,” said Chaffetz.

Primary Election night is June 28, 2016.

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