President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden plan to respond to voters in live nationally televised town-hall events tonight after an originally scheduled presidential debate was canceled. The town halls are to air at the same time on rival networks.
Organizers initially changed the second debate, which was scheduled for Miami this evening, to a virtual format after Mr. Trump tested positive for Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The Republican nominee’s campaign refused to agree to a virtual debate, and the event was canceled.
What Time Are the Town Hall Events, and How Long Will They Run?
The Trump town hall, on NBC, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and is expected to last 60 minutes.
Biden’s forum, on ABC, also is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET. The Democratic nominee’s town hall is expected to run for 90 minutes.
How Do I Watch the Town Halls?
NBC said President Trump would take questions from voters outside the Perez Art Museum in Miami during a forum that is to be broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, and streamed online.
Biden’s event is to be broadcast from Philadelphia on ABC and its online platforms, and is also set to be streamed on online platforms including Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling TV.
Who Are the Moderators?
Biden’s event will be moderated by Never-Trumper George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor of ABC News and co-anchor of “Good Morning America.” He was previously an adviser to the Democratic Party, working for the Clinton administration as the White House communications director.
Trump’s town hall will be moderated by NBC News journalist Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor on NBC’s morning show “Today.”
What About the Questions?
Both candidates are scheduled to answer questions from voters, some of whom the networks said are undecided. Biden is expected to answer questions from about 21 voters across Pennsylvania, with Mr. Stephanopoulos guiding the discussion and asking follow-up queries.
Trump is expected to field questions from about 60 voters in the audience. NBC has said the network wouldn’t discuss the question topics in advance.