Trump, Biden To Hold Competing Town Halls Instead Of Debate

  • Trump, Biden To Hold Competing Town Halls Instead Of Debate

Trump, Biden To Hold Competing Town Halls Instead Of Debate

Biden had previously scheduled a town hall with ABC on Thursday night after Trump announced he did not intend to participate in the debate, meaning both candidates will be on separate networks holding town hall events at the same time.

After the cancellation of the second presidential debate, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have officially lined up competing town hall events instead.

Both Guthrie and the president will be at least 12 feet apart from both each other and the audience.

The president announced on October 2 he had contracted the disease, but he has returned to the campaign trail after treatment, including several days in a military hospital.

NBC said Lane and the government's top infectious disease specialist, Anthony Fauci, concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that Trump was no longer "shedding infectious virus". The CPD eventually cancelled the debate altogether. In light of the president's infection, the commission shifted the format to a virtual meeting, and Trump declined to participate.

The first debate between the two men last month was watched by an estimated 73.1 million people, the Nielsen company said. Every NBC News staffer will be tested on site in Miami. In addition to airing on NBC, the forum will also air across MSNBC and CNBC, and will be streamed in Spanish on Telemundo's digital platforms.

During the one-hour town hall, Guthrie will moderate a conversation between Trump and a group of Florida voters.

Thursday's Trump town hall on NBC will be held outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

Trump and the NBC host will be socially distanced at the outdoor venue and the audience will wear safety masks, NBC said.