Biden and Trump Contesting Town Halls: Reported Live
Matt Shaw
15 Oct

The election draws closer. Derivative, using 'Joe Biden' and 'Donald Trump' by Gage Skidmore, both licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and an image by an inactive account (12019) on Pixabay.

Following President Donald Trump's unexpected withdrawal from the live, virtual debate originally planned for tonight, both candidates will instead take part in competing town-hall-style events, broadcast on rival networks.

Both events are set to take place at 8pm Eastern time - 1am for those following in the U.K.

Mr Biden will appear on ABC News from Philadelphia, moderated by chief news anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Simulataneously, Mr Trump will be live on NBC News from Miami, moderated by 'Today' show host Savannah Guthrie.

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02:34

That's the end of Biden's town hall event. Thanks for following along with The Locus tonight - and remember to check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the key moments from each event.

02:32

"I was prepared to debate him remotely," Biden says. He insists that he will follow whatever guidelines apply to the next debate and makes it clear that he intends to participate.

02:26

Asked what he thinks a Trump re-election would say about the U.S., Biden says: "I hope that it doesn't say that we are as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the president wants us to be."

02:24

"Whether I'm a defeated candidate for president, back teaching, or I'm elected president, it is a major element of everything I'm about," Biden says, referring to treating all people equally.

02:23

A voter asks Biden how he will use his platform to push Trump towards unity in the country if he loses to the incumbent president. Biden makes it clear that it would be very hard.

02:17

"There should be zero discrimination," Biden adds. He also talks about the increasing murders of transgender women of colour.

02:16

A voter with a transgender child asks Biden how he will reverse the "dangerous and discriminatory agenda" that the Trump administration has shown in regards to transgender Americans. Biden says he would quite simply change the law.

02:15

"This president embraces all the thugs in the world," Biden says, accusing Trump of making friends with the wrong leaders.

02:12

"Does President Trump's foreign policy deserve some credit?" one voter asks, pointing to the peace deals being brokered around the world. Biden is quick to answer with a 'yes, but no', arguing that the U.S. is now both more alone and less secure than it was before. He adds that the U.S. is not trusted around the world.

02:09

While the two events have been separate, it's surprising that neither candidate has talked much about the other. Biden has made the occasional jab at his opponent, but it's a far cry from the scenes of the first presidential debate. It's difficult to remember if Trump mentioned Biden at all.

02:05

Moderator George Stephanopoulos pushes Biden to confront fracking once again. Biden lays out a few more plans on how to achieve a greener country without banning fracking, but it's clear that it's a sensitive topic for the former vice president.

02:03

Biden clearly had a response for this up his sleeve. He pulls out figures and a detailed plan on how to create a more eco-friendly energy production industry. He also takes the opportunity to strike at President Trump's refusal to act on climate change.

02:01

Fracking is the newest the topic of discussion over in Philadelphia. Biden is asked which planet-friendly industries he is planning to support. He begins his response by making it clear that he doesn't support a ban on fracking.

02:00

That's the end of Trump's town hall. Biden's continues.

Ian Franks is the managing editor of 50 Shades of Sun.

01:59

Asked why undecided voters should give him a chance, Trump answers: "Because I've done a great job."

01:56

Trump receives a question about immigration - specifically, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. He is asked whether he will continue his administration's efforts to rescind the programme. "We are going to take care of DACA," he says, adding that they're working on negotiations. This doesn't reflect his administration's actions.

01:54

Responding to a voter's question, Trump repeats the claim that he has done more for African Americans than any president in history, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. "I have a great relationship [...] with the African American community," he says.

01:52

Biden receives a question asking how he intends to restore respect to democracy. The atmosphere in the room is one of calm discussion, and Biden makes it clear that, if the Trump administration is defeated, he will seek to behave very differently.

01:49

Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated very badly, adds that there were "false accusations".

01:47

Trump is also asked about the Supreme Court, as the Republican Party pushes to elect a new Justice.

01:45

Biden is asked about the Supreme Court, with a focus on LGBTQ+ Americans. "I think there's great reason to be concerned," he answers.

01:43

Trump describes $400million as "a peanut", arguing that it's a small amount of money in comparison to his wealth.

01:41

Trump says he is treated very badly by the IRS, a claim that he's made before. Adds that he would love to release his tax returns, but that they are still under audit.

01:39

Back to Trump. "No, I don't owe Russia money," says the president, pressed on who he owes. He argues that he only owes a "very small amount of money".

01:37

Biden lays out a plan to set up a study group to assess how policing can change. "Most cops don't like bad cops," he says, arguing that 'good cops' are often intimidated into staying silent. "You have to teach people how to deescalate circumstances," he adds, listing various measures that could be taken to improve policing. He rules out defunding.

01:36

Biden is pressed on whether he still believes that more police leads to less crime. He stands by it, but clarifies that it only holds true so long as the police officers are part of community policing, rather than "jump squads".

01:32

Biden is asked by a voter about a crime bill he previously supported that was prejudiced against minorities. He explains that times have changed, but argues that he's consistently pushed for more inclusive acts, such as ending jail time for drug use.

01:29

Switching back to Biden's event, it's striking how different the tone is.

01:27

The president is asked if his stance on masks has changed, following his own COVID-19 diagnosis. He claims he's always been good with masks, but insists there is contention around the topic. The moderator challenges this.

01:24

A voter and frontline healthcare worker asks Trump how he intends to get the United States "back on track". The president says GDP is going "through the roof". "It's coming back and it's coming back very fast," Trump claims, adding that his administration has massively funded hospitals and expects a V-shaped recovery.

01:22

Trump is asked by a voter why he didn't act more conclusively at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite knowing the dangers of the virus, as revealed in interviews with Bob Woodward. "Dr Fauci says I saved thousands and thousands of lives," Trump answers, claiming that he went against the grain in implementing a travel ban early.

01:19

Trump is asked if he will accept the result of the election, but refuses to answer outright. Instead, he makes several claims about widespread mail-in ballot fraud - which are yet to be proven.

01:18

"You're the president. You're not like somebody's crazy uncle," moderator Savannah Guthrie tells President Trump, in response to his claim that his retweets are not his own opinions.

01:16

Trump refuses to denounce QAnon, the conspiracy theory. "I just don't know about QAnon," he says, adding that all he's heard is that the believers stand strongly against paedophilia.

01:15

"I denounce white supremacy," says Trump, arguing that Joe Biden was never asked to denounce ANTIFA. "Here we go again," he says, claiming that he has always denounced white supremacy.

01:12

Asked whether he supports herd immunity, Trump diverts, saying: "It happened because of China." The president continues by comparing the U.S. death rates to the numbers originally predicted - if no action whatsoever was taken.

01:11

"We've done an amazing job," says President Trump, as he argues about the data on COVID-19.

01:09

Trump is pushed on his lacklustre approach to the virus, as Biden makes a strong attack in his own event: "What's he doing? Nothing."

01:03

Immediately, COVID-19 takes centre stage here as Joe Biden is asked how his administration would handle the pandemic response differently. Unsurprisingly, Biden is prepared and gives a chronological account of the Trump administration's struggle with the virus, highlighting where he thinks the president himself pushed the country in the wrong direction.

01:02

We're off. You can find minute-by-minute updates here on The Locus.

How did we get here?

Only one event was supposed to be broadcast tonight: a live debate between the two presidential frontrunners.

However, following President Trump's COVID-19 infection, the debate was moved online for the safety of both candidates.

In response, Mr Trump pulled out of the event, telling  Fox Business: "I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate."

Tonight's town-hall-style Q&A is markedly separate from Biden's own event, and highlights the disparity between the pair, as the election draws closer.

OPINION
Biden and Trump Contesting Town Halls: Reported Live
Matt Shaw
15 Oct

The election draws closer. Derivative, using 'Joe Biden' and 'Donald Trump' by Gage Skidmore, both licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and an image by an inactive account (12019) on Pixabay.

Following President Donald Trump's unexpected withdrawal from the live, virtual debate originally planned for tonight, both candidates will instead take part in competing town-hall-style events, broadcast on rival networks.

Both events are set to take place at 8pm Eastern time - 1am for those following in the U.K.

Mr Biden will appear on ABC News from Philadelphia, moderated by chief news anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Simulataneously, Mr Trump will be live on NBC News from Miami, moderated by 'Today' show host Savannah Guthrie.

Make sure to refresh this page regularly to stay up to date.

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02:34

That's the end of Biden's town hall event. Thanks for following along with The Locus tonight - and remember to check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the key moments from each event.

02:32

"I was prepared to debate him remotely," Biden says. He insists that he will follow whatever guidelines apply to the next debate and makes it clear that he intends to participate.

02:26

Asked what he thinks a Trump re-election would say about the U.S., Biden says: "I hope that it doesn't say that we are as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the president wants us to be."

02:24

"Whether I'm a defeated candidate for president, back teaching, or I'm elected president, it is a major element of everything I'm about," Biden says, referring to treating all people equally.

02:23

A voter asks Biden how he will use his platform to push Trump towards unity in the country if he loses to the incumbent president. Biden makes it clear that it would be very hard.

02:17

"There should be zero discrimination," Biden adds. He also talks about the increasing murders of transgender women of colour.

02:16

A voter with a transgender child asks Biden how he will reverse the "dangerous and discriminatory agenda" that the Trump administration has shown in regards to transgender Americans. Biden says he would quite simply change the law.

02:15

"This president embraces all the thugs in the world," Biden says, accusing Trump of making friends with the wrong leaders.

02:12

"Does President Trump's foreign policy deserve some credit?" one voter asks, pointing to the peace deals being brokered around the world. Biden is quick to answer with a 'yes, but no', arguing that the U.S. is now both more alone and less secure than it was before. He adds that the U.S. is not trusted around the world.

02:09

While the two events have been separate, it's surprising that neither candidate has talked much about the other. Biden has made the occasional jab at his opponent, but it's a far cry from the scenes of the first presidential debate. It's difficult to remember if Trump mentioned Biden at all.

02:05

Moderator George Stephanopoulos pushes Biden to confront fracking once again. Biden lays out a few more plans on how to achieve a greener country without banning fracking, but it's clear that it's a sensitive topic for the former vice president.

02:03

Biden clearly had a response for this up his sleeve. He pulls out figures and a detailed plan on how to create a more eco-friendly energy production industry. He also takes the opportunity to strike at President Trump's refusal to act on climate change.

02:01

Fracking is the newest the topic of discussion over in Philadelphia. Biden is asked which planet-friendly industries he is planning to support. He begins his response by making it clear that he doesn't support a ban on fracking.

02:00

That's the end of Trump's town hall. Biden's continues.

Ian Franks is the managing editor of 50 Shades of Sun.

01:59

Asked why undecided voters should give him a chance, Trump answers: "Because I've done a great job."

01:56

Trump receives a question about immigration - specifically, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. He is asked whether he will continue his administration's efforts to rescind the programme. "We are going to take care of DACA," he says, adding that they're working on negotiations. This doesn't reflect his administration's actions.

01:54

Responding to a voter's question, Trump repeats the claim that he has done more for African Americans than any president in history, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. "I have a great relationship [...] with the African American community," he says.

01:52

Biden receives a question asking how he intends to restore respect to democracy. The atmosphere in the room is one of calm discussion, and Biden makes it clear that, if the Trump administration is defeated, he will seek to behave very differently.

01:49

Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated very badly, adds that there were "false accusations".

01:47

Trump is also asked about the Supreme Court, as the Republican Party pushes to elect a new Justice.

01:45

Biden is asked about the Supreme Court, with a focus on LGBTQ+ Americans. "I think there's great reason to be concerned," he answers.

01:43

Trump describes $400million as "a peanut", arguing that it's a small amount of money in comparison to his wealth.

01:41

Trump says he is treated very badly by the IRS, a claim that he's made before. Adds that he would love to release his tax returns, but that they are still under audit.

01:39

Back to Trump. "No, I don't owe Russia money," says the president, pressed on who he owes. He argues that he only owes a "very small amount of money".

01:37

Biden lays out a plan to set up a study group to assess how policing can change. "Most cops don't like bad cops," he says, arguing that 'good cops' are often intimidated into staying silent. "You have to teach people how to deescalate circumstances," he adds, listing various measures that could be taken to improve policing. He rules out defunding.

01:36

Biden is pressed on whether he still believes that more police leads to less crime. He stands by it, but clarifies that it only holds true so long as the police officers are part of community policing, rather than "jump squads".

01:32

Biden is asked by a voter about a crime bill he previously supported that was prejudiced against minorities. He explains that times have changed, but argues that he's consistently pushed for more inclusive acts, such as ending jail time for drug use.

01:29

Switching back to Biden's event, it's striking how different the tone is.

01:27

The president is asked if his stance on masks has changed, following his own COVID-19 diagnosis. He claims he's always been good with masks, but insists there is contention around the topic. The moderator challenges this.

01:24

A voter and frontline healthcare worker asks Trump how he intends to get the United States "back on track". The president says GDP is going "through the roof". "It's coming back and it's coming back very fast," Trump claims, adding that his administration has massively funded hospitals and expects a V-shaped recovery.

01:22

Trump is asked by a voter why he didn't act more conclusively at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite knowing the dangers of the virus, as revealed in interviews with Bob Woodward. "Dr Fauci says I saved thousands and thousands of lives," Trump answers, claiming that he went against the grain in implementing a travel ban early.

01:19

Trump is asked if he will accept the result of the election, but refuses to answer outright. Instead, he makes several claims about widespread mail-in ballot fraud - which are yet to be proven.

01:18

"You're the president. You're not like somebody's crazy uncle," moderator Savannah Guthrie tells President Trump, in response to his claim that his retweets are not his own opinions.

01:16

Trump refuses to denounce QAnon, the conspiracy theory. "I just don't know about QAnon," he says, adding that all he's heard is that the believers stand strongly against paedophilia.

01:15

"I denounce white supremacy," says Trump, arguing that Joe Biden was never asked to denounce ANTIFA. "Here we go again," he says, claiming that he has always denounced white supremacy.

01:12

Asked whether he supports herd immunity, Trump diverts, saying: "It happened because of China." The president continues by comparing the U.S. death rates to the numbers originally predicted - if no action whatsoever was taken.

01:11

"We've done an amazing job," says President Trump, as he argues about the data on COVID-19.

01:09

Trump is pushed on his lacklustre approach to the virus, as Biden makes a strong attack in his own event: "What's he doing? Nothing."

01:03

Immediately, COVID-19 takes centre stage here as Joe Biden is asked how his administration would handle the pandemic response differently. Unsurprisingly, Biden is prepared and gives a chronological account of the Trump administration's struggle with the virus, highlighting where he thinks the president himself pushed the country in the wrong direction.

01:02

We're off. You can find minute-by-minute updates here on The Locus.

How did we get here?

Only one event was supposed to be broadcast tonight: a live debate between the two presidential frontrunners.

However, following President Trump's COVID-19 infection, the debate was moved online for the safety of both candidates.

In response, Mr Trump pulled out of the event, telling  Fox Business: "I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate."

Tonight's town-hall-style Q&A is markedly separate from Biden's own event, and highlights the disparity between the pair, as the election draws closer.

Biden and Trump Contesting Town Halls: Reported Live
Matt Shaw
15 Oct

The election draws closer. Derivative, using 'Joe Biden' and 'Donald Trump' by Gage Skidmore, both licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and an image by an inactive account (12019) on Pixabay.

Following President Donald Trump's unexpected withdrawal from the live, virtual debate originally planned for tonight, both candidates will instead take part in competing town-hall-style events, broadcast on rival networks.

Both events are set to take place at 8pm Eastern time - 1am for those following in the U.K.

Mr Biden will appear on ABC News from Philadelphia, moderated by chief news anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Simulataneously, Mr Trump will be live on NBC News from Miami, moderated by 'Today' show host Savannah Guthrie.

Make sure to refresh this page regularly to stay up to date.

02:34

That's the end of Biden's town hall event. Thanks for following along with The Locus tonight - and remember to check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the key moments from each event.

02:32

"I was prepared to debate him remotely," Biden says. He insists that he will follow whatever guidelines apply to the next debate and makes it clear that he intends to participate.

02:26

Asked what he thinks a Trump re-election would say about the U.S., Biden says: "I hope that it doesn't say that we are as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the president wants us to be."

02:24

"Whether I'm a defeated candidate for president, back teaching, or I'm elected president, it is a major element of everything I'm about," Biden says, referring to treating all people equally.

02:23

A voter asks Biden how he will use his platform to push Trump towards unity in the country if he loses to the incumbent president. Biden makes it clear that it would be very hard.

02:17

"There should be zero discrimination," Biden adds. He also talks about the increasing murders of transgender women of colour.

02:16

A voter with a transgender child asks Biden how he will reverse the "dangerous and discriminatory agenda" that the Trump administration has shown in regards to transgender Americans. Biden says he would quite simply change the law.

02:15

"This president embraces all the thugs in the world," Biden says, accusing Trump of making friends with the wrong leaders.

02:12

"Does President Trump's foreign policy deserve some credit?" one voter asks, pointing to the peace deals being brokered around the world. Biden is quick to answer with a 'yes, but no', arguing that the U.S. is now both more alone and less secure than it was before. He adds that the U.S. is not trusted around the world.

02:09

While the two events have been separate, it's surprising that neither candidate has talked much about the other. Biden has made the occasional jab at his opponent, but it's a far cry from the scenes of the first presidential debate. It's difficult to remember if Trump mentioned Biden at all.

02:05

Moderator George Stephanopoulos pushes Biden to confront fracking once again. Biden lays out a few more plans on how to achieve a greener country without banning fracking, but it's clear that it's a sensitive topic for the former vice president.

02:03

Biden clearly had a response for this up his sleeve. He pulls out figures and a detailed plan on how to create a more eco-friendly energy production industry. He also takes the opportunity to strike at President Trump's refusal to act on climate change.

02:01

Fracking is the newest the topic of discussion over in Philadelphia. Biden is asked which planet-friendly industries he is planning to support. He begins his response by making it clear that he doesn't support a ban on fracking.

02:00

That's the end of Trump's town hall. Biden's continues.

01:59

Asked why undecided voters should give him a chance, Trump answers: "Because I've done a great job."

01:56

Trump receives a question about immigration - specifically, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. He is asked whether he will continue his administration's efforts to rescind the programme. "We are going to take care of DACA," he says, adding that they're working on negotiations. This doesn't reflect his administration's actions.

01:54

Responding to a voter's question, Trump repeats the claim that he has done more for African Americans than any president in history, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. "I have a great relationship [...] with the African American community," he says.

01:52

Biden receives a question asking how he intends to restore respect to democracy. The atmosphere in the room is one of calm discussion, and Biden makes it clear that, if the Trump administration is defeated, he will seek to behave very differently.

01:49

Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated very badly, adds that there were "false accusations".

01:47

Trump is also asked about the Supreme Court, as the Republican Party pushes to elect a new Justice.

01:45

Biden is asked about the Supreme Court, with a focus on LGBTQ+ Americans. "I think there's great reason to be concerned," he answers.

01:43

Trump describes $400million as "a peanut", arguing that it's a small amount of money in comparison to his wealth.

01:41

Trump says he is treated very badly by the IRS, a claim that he's made before. Adds that he would love to release his tax returns, but that they are still under audit.

01:39

Back to Trump. "No, I don't owe Russia money," says the president, pressed on who he owes. He argues that he only owes a "very small amount of money".

01:37

Biden lays out a plan to set up a study group to assess how policing can change. "Most cops don't like bad cops," he says, arguing that 'good cops' are often intimidated into staying silent. "You have to teach people how to deescalate circumstances," he adds, listing various measures that could be taken to improve policing. He rules out defunding.

01:36

Biden is pressed on whether he still believes that more police leads to less crime. He stands by it, but clarifies that it only holds true so long as the police officers are part of community policing, rather than "jump squads".

01:32

Biden is asked by a voter about a crime bill he previously supported that was prejudiced against minorities. He explains that times have changed, but argues that he's consistently pushed for more inclusive acts, such as ending jail time for drug use.

01:29

Switching back to Biden's event, it's striking how different the tone is.

01:27

The president is asked if his stance on masks has changed, following his own COVID-19 diagnosis. He claims he's always been good with masks, but insists there is contention around the topic. The moderator challenges this.

01:24

A voter and frontline healthcare worker asks Trump how he intends to get the United States "back on track". The president says GDP is going "through the roof". "It's coming back and it's coming back very fast," Trump claims, adding that his administration has massively funded hospitals and expects a V-shaped recovery.

01:22

Trump is asked by a voter why he didn't act more conclusively at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite knowing the dangers of the virus, as revealed in interviews with Bob Woodward. "Dr Fauci says I saved thousands and thousands of lives," Trump answers, claiming that he went against the grain in implementing a travel ban early.

01:19

Trump is asked if he will accept the result of the election, but refuses to answer outright. Instead, he makes several claims about widespread mail-in ballot fraud - which are yet to be proven.

01:18

"You're the president. You're not like somebody's crazy uncle," moderator Savannah Guthrie tells President Trump, in response to his claim that his retweets are not his own opinions.

01:16

Trump refuses to denounce QAnon, the conspiracy theory. "I just don't know about QAnon," he says, adding that all he's heard is that the believers stand strongly against paedophilia.

01:15

"I denounce white supremacy," says Trump, arguing that Joe Biden was never asked to denounce ANTIFA. "Here we go again," he says, claiming that he has always denounced white supremacy.

01:12

Asked whether he supports herd immunity, Trump diverts, saying: "It happened because of China." The president continues by comparing the U.S. death rates to the numbers originally predicted - if no action whatsoever was taken.

01:11

"We've done an amazing job," says President Trump, as he argues about the data on COVID-19.

01:09

Trump is pushed on his lacklustre approach to the virus, as Biden makes a strong attack in his own event: "What's he doing? Nothing."

01:03

Immediately, COVID-19 takes centre stage here as Joe Biden is asked how his administration would handle the pandemic response differently. Unsurprisingly, Biden is prepared and gives a chronological account of the Trump administration's struggle with the virus, highlighting where he thinks the president himself pushed the country in the wrong direction.

01:02

We're off. You can find minute-by-minute updates here on The Locus.

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How did we get here?

Only one event was supposed to be broadcast tonight: a live debate between the two presidential frontrunners.

However, following President Trump's COVID-19 infection, the debate was moved online for the safety of both candidates.

In response, Mr Trump pulled out of the event, telling  Fox Business: "I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate."

Tonight's town-hall-style Q&A is markedly separate from Biden's own event, and highlights the disparity between the pair, as the election draws closer.

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