‘Utah Politics’ podcast: A postmortem on election 2020

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Trump supporters gather near the Salt Lake County Government Center Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

On the post-election edition of the “Utah Politics” podcast, we’re joined by Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

Perry discusses what happened in Utah on Election Day, whether Rep. Ben McAdams can hang on in his race against Republican Burgess Owens, and the mini-blue wave that rolled across Salt Lake County. He also talks about how Gov.-elect Spencer Cox will govern when he takes office in November.

Then, host Bryan Schott is joined by Mark Salter, the longtime aide and confidant of Sen. John McCain. Salter is the author of a new biography of McCain, “The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain.”

Salter says he thinks Utah Sen. Mitt Romney will be able to find a way to work in a bipartisan way with a Biden administration, but he does think Sen. Mike Lee would be less inclined.

“I think Sen. Romney is at the point in his public life where he gets up every morning and tries to figure out a way to make the country a little better,” says Salter. “Lee is a little too Libertarian, and they have a tendency toward zealotry that always concerns me.”

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