President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are expected to participate in competing town halls on Thursday, the same day both presidential candidates were originally scheduled to debate.
The second presidential debate was canceled after Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates put forward after Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.
Biden is scheduled to appear in an ABC News town hall, while Trump is set to participate at the same time in an NBC News town hall. Less than 20 days from Election Day, the town halls give both candidates a national platform to make their cases to voters.
I’ll bump up this post before Blue Bear.
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TONIGHT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face questions from real voters in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania. Watch the ABC 20/20 Town Hall Event – ‘The Vice President and the People’ tonight at 8e|7c|5p on ABC. https://t.co/lfLa0LtTAS #BidenTownHall pic.twitter.com/xmg9bElROU
— ABC News (@ABC) October 15, 2020
New: More than one hundred prominent actors, writers and producers are protesting NBC News’s decision to carry a town hall meeting with President Trump on Thursday night opposite a previously scheduled Joe Biden town hall on rival ABC News. From @JBFlinthttps://t.co/7NaCpoKItq
— Ben Mullin (@BenMullin) October 15, 2020
Perspective: By giving Trump a town hall to rival Biden’s, NBC is playing into his ratings obsession — again. https://t.co/wBrqZ1Z2vl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 15, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: According to multiple sources familiar with the president’s thinking, Trump has told close associates that he wishes to counter-program the Biden town hall and score higher TV viewership numbers, and then use such a contrast to humiliate Biden
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 14, 2020