Joe Biden tops Donald Trump in town hall viewers, early ratings show

Marco Green
October 17, 2020

It will be the first time Obama has appeared publicly in support of Biden's campaign to win the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump, although the ex-president and his wife Michelle have released videos in support of the Democratic Campaign and gave a speech at the virtual Democratic convention in August.

"I'm not really gonna listen to polls from CNN", he said, "they don't have the best, most stellar reputation for being real news, and we can always talk about flawed methodology, I don't want to get into that".

And he lashed out at one of his most outspoken critics, the Somali-American Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, saying "she hates our country" and "comes from a place that doesn't even have a government". "Some day these Fake Media Companies are going to miss me, very badly!"

Reacting to Trump's statement, the former Vice President said in a tweet: "I'm Joe Biden and I approve this message".

"Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie grilled Trump on his pandemic response, as well as asking him to denounce white supremacy.

He said Trump's comments were a "dog whistle" to such groups.

"Look. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is, let's show them who we are", Biden said at a vehicle rally in Detroit.

"We choose hope over fair, unity over division, science over fiction and yes, truth over lies". "Those are inflated national public polling numbers".

Biden is leading in Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, according to Real Clear Politics polls, by a slim 1.4 percent and just 2.7 percent in North Carolina.

Trump repeatedly mocked Biden's candidacy and suggested that it would be embarrassing to lose to the former vice president.

Later at a campaign rally in Ocala, the president referred again to reports of Hunter Biden receiving $10 million annually from a wealthy Chinese businessman while his father was vice president.

He also had harsh words for Mr Trump, saying he is "TV-obsessed", "narcissistic" and allowed his family to treat "the presidency like a business opportunity". The candidates held rival town hall events instead.

Biden's 90-minute session on ABC was watched by 13.9 million viewers, while Trump's hour-long event, which aired on NBC, as well as MSNBC and CNBC, brought in 13.1 million viewers across the networks combined.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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