President Trump will participate in a town hall hosted by NBC on Thursday that will directly compete with the town hall featuring Joe Biden hosted on ABC.
According to The Hill:
President Trump will participate in an NBC News town hall held outdoors in Miami on Thursday, the network announced, setting up an evening of competing events featuring the incumbent president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The events will take place in lieu of the second presidential debate between Trump and Biden, which was canceled last week after the president objected to new plans for a virtual format. The next and final debate will be held on Oct. 22.
Thursday’s town hall will be moderated by “Today” host Savannah Guthrie and will take place outdoors at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, NBC News announced early Wednesday. Public health guidelines will be followed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the network added. The event will air at 8 p.m. for one hour, with Guthrie moderating a conversation between Trump and Florida voters on various issues.
Biden previously announced that he would take part in an ABC News town hall the same evening in Philadelphia, which will air at the same time as Trump’s town hall and will run for 90 minutes.
The battle for viewership could determine the voter enthusiasm for each candidate and will be interesting to see who wins in the ratings.