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NBC to host Trump town hall

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/14/20, 03:41 pm

In place of Thursday’s canceled debate, President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden will speak at simultaneous town hall events. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie will host Trump’s event outdoors in Miami, while ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will emcee Biden’s in Philadelphia. Both events will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern, but Biden’s will run 30 minutes longer. The Commission on Presidential Debates originally planned a virtual, live debate after Trump tested positive for COVID-19, but the president refused to participate and Biden planned his town hall forum the same night.

Is an in-person event safe? Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reviewed the results of NBC’s independent test on Trump and confirmed the president would not spread the coronavirus. The network still plans to keep the president at least 12 feet from Guthrie and the audience.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew on the vice presidential debate last week.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 03:40 pm

    Is it possible to have a Town Hall or debate hosted or moderated by someone other than Democrats?

    Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 04:19 pm

    It might NOT be possible because most of the media has TDS. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 04:57 am

    We've now seen that Guthrie took it on herself to light into Trump, rather than simply moderating a "town hall," and Stephanopoulos acted as more of a Biden surrogate than a moderator. But are any of us surprised?  Yes, Big Jim, it might be fairer to have these things run by someone other than Dems. But when things are as obviously slanted as they were Thursday night, it just opens the eyes of more and more Americans.