President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be battling for the attention of Americans in dueling town hall events Thursday night.
The town hall events will be held in lieu of a second presidential debate, which was canceled by the Commission on Presidential Debates after Trump tested positive for coronavirus and refused to do a virtual debate because he would have to “sit behind a computer” and the moderator could “cut you off whenever they want.”
The former vice president‘s town hall will take place in Philadelphia on ABC, while NBC will host Trump’s town hall in Miami despite the outrage from NBC employees. The dueling events may mean more to Trump who is down in almost every poll nationally and in several swing states.
“Right now, it seems to me that the reason he’s losing is people are just processing this through the lens of how they feel about Trump,” Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist, told The Hill. “The town hall is an opportunity to do one thing, and that’s to get people to think about the race as a choice and not a referendum.”
According to Jennings the town hall for Trump will be one of his last chances to…