Trump, Biden Will Participate In Competing Town Halls After Debate Cancelation

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

-Democratic leaders urge Joe Biden supporters to vote early and in huge numbers amid concerns that nothing short of a decisive win for the Democratic candidate will stave off a move by President Donald Trump to contest the result of the November 3 election.

Almost 15 million Americans, a record for this date, have cast ballots, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida, as voters seek to avoid in-person lines on Election Day because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.

He will also travel to events in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina later this week.

Trump's campaign is counting on a surge of last-minute votes.

On October 10, Trump made his first public appearance at a White House, two days after Conley had cleared him for public engagements "based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting".

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Biden traveled to Pennsylvania last weekend and made stops in OH and Florida at the beginning of this week.

Trump has pulled into a statistical tie with Biden in Florida, a key battleground, with 47% support versus Biden's 49%, and a credibility interval of 4 points, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed.

The primetime event comes after a fiery back-and-forth on the fate of the second presidential debate, which was originally scheduled for Thursday in Miami but ultimately canceled last Friday.

Thursday's Trump town hall will be moderated by Savannah Guthrie and will take place outdoors at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.

NBC News said Wednesday it had received a statement from the clinical director at the National Institutes of Health and lead infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci that they had "a high degree of confidence" that Trump is now "not shedding infectious virus". They said his most recent tests were negative, but specific dates of the tests were not revealed.

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