Trump, Biden will participate in competing town halls the night the second debate was supposed to happen

by Joel Abbott · Oct 14th, 2020 2:36 pm

Last Updated Oct 15th, 2020 at 2:50 pm

President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will hold competing town halls Thursday night after the the Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday canceled the second presidential debate originally planned for that day.

Trump will participate in an outdoor Miami town hall moderated by NBC's Savannah Guthrie, while Joe Biden will participate in a similar event moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Biden's campaign announced his town hall shortly after Trump said he would not take part in a virtual debate – a change the Commission on Presidential Debates made following Trump's diagnosis of COVID-19.

The president saw rapid recovery from the virus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say he can safely appear at a public event 10 days after symptom onset and 24 hours after remission of fever.

Trump's campaign arranged the town hall with NBC on the condition that he test negative for the virus, which he did earlier this week.

Both hour-long events will start at 8 p.m. EST.


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