Trump and Biden are holding competing town halls: Here’s what you need to know

Eldis Sula
October 14, 2020 - 12:24 pm

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are holding competing town halls on Thursday night.

The events come instead of the second presidential debate, which was cancelled by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) last week after days of uncertainty surrounding Trump’s positive coronavirus test.

Find out information about where the competing town halls will take place, where to tune in and why they are happening instead of the second scheduled presidential debate in the first place.

Why isn’t the second presidential debate happening?

After Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, the CPD announced the debate would be held virtually, which the president refused to participate in and called “ridiculous.”

Biden’s campaign team went on to announce that it would hold its own town hall featuring the former vice president in response to Trump’s refusal to participate.

Soon, the CPD officially announced that the second town hall debate was canceled, saying its focus would shift to the third and final debate that is set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Biden town hall

The Joe Biden town hall will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The event will air at 8pm ET on ABC and will be moderated by George Stephanopoulos.

The actual town hall will take place in Philadelphia.

Trump town hall

On Wednesday, NBC News confirmed that it will host a town hall with Trump on Thursday at 8pm ET.

The town hall will take place in Miami and be moderated by “TODAY” anchor Savannah Guthrie.

The one-hour event will take place outside the Pérez Art Museum. Guthrie and Trump will be at least 12 feet apart and the audience will also be socially distanced.

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