The second Presidential Debate was due to take place this evening, as agreed by the Presidential Debate Commission in June. But the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis threw that plan into chaos, and instead of a single bipartisan debate, we got two dueling town halls for each candidate, each limited to a single network (or network family).
Each campaign has its own view of what is happening. So it’s worth explaining exactly how we got here. After President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, the Presidential Debate Commission announced that the second debate would take place in two different locations to avoid the risk of the infection spreading. President Trump withdrew from the second debate, which resulted in the CPD officially canceling the debate.
Immediately after the cancellation, the Biden campaign planned a town hall with ABC. Yesterday, NBC announced a duel with Trump, a decision that met with significant backlash from other press officials.
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It also means that the events are organized and moderated by television networks rather than the non-partisan Debate Commission that has organized every presidential debate since 1988. A final round this system leads to less trustworthy events and is generally a bad precedent. Those who want to see impartial institutions hold powerful politicians accountable.
With that said, two town halls are planned for tonight. Here’s how to see them.
When is Biden Town Hall?
ABC’s Town Hall event with Joe Biden begins at 8 p.m. ET. The running time is 90 minutes. Post-event coverage of 30 minutes is available on some streaming platforms. The event is technically a sequence of ABC 20/20 News broadcast and may be featured as such on TV programs.
The event will take place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
When is Trump City Hall?
NBC’s town hall with President Trump also starts at 8 p.m. CET and is said to last a full hour.
It will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie and will take place in an outdoor area of the Perez Art Museum in Miami. To minimize virus risk, President Trump and Guthrie are positioned at least 12 feet from the audience and each other at all times. Officials at the National Institute of Health said they ran extensive tests on the president and found that he “does not give off infectious viruses”.
How do I look at today’s town halls?
Biden City Hall is broadcast on ABC and streamed via ABC News Live, which is available as an app or channel for a variety of OTT services including Hulu, Roku, YouTube TV, Amazon Fire OS, Xumo, Sling TV, Facebook, Twitter , ABCNews.com and the ABC News and ABC mobile apps.
Trump’s City Hall broadcasts on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. It is also streamed online via the NBC News NOW streaming network.
Will there be more debate?
The closing debate is scheduled for October 22nd at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as originally arranged by the Presidential Debate Commission. At the time of publication, both campaigns are still scheduled for participation.