U.S. Rep Bishop Clashes With Democratic Challenger Peter Clemens In Debate

Oct 18, 2016


U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and his Democratic opponent clashed on medical marijuana, climate change, and the Republican's continued support for Donald Trump at a debate.

Doctor Peter Clemens challenged the seven-term incumbent during a spirited event in Ogden on Monday.

Clemens pushed the congressman to follow the lead of other Utah Republicans and refuse to vote for the presidential nominee. While Bishop condemned Trump's comments on women, he said Hillary Clinton would be bad for Utah's economy.

Bishop said local leaders can do a better job than the federal government on many issues, while Clemens argued federal authorities can have an important role on regulating things like medical marijuana.

The Democrat also said Utah should embrace clean energy. Bishop maintained the climate is always changing and new laws must balance competing interests.