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CGTN America 17 Oct 2020

The Heat: Trump, Biden participate in town halls


President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden participated in competing town halls on Thursday.

The events were scheduled after Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate following his coronavirus diagnosis. With just 17 days to go before the election, polls show the president continuing to trail his opponent nationally and in most of the key battleground states.

Joining the panel:

Rafael Bernal is a staff writer for the political newspaper, The Hill.
Steve Chaggaris is an analyst and the political editor for Al Jazeera Online.
Hilary Shelton heads the NAACP's Washington bureau and serves as the Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy.
Eric Bolling is the host of "America This Week" on Sinclair Broadcasting.

U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden held separate town halls at the same time on competing U.S. TV networks, bringing very different messages. 

NBC News' Savannah Guthrie and ABC News' George Stephanopoulos pressed presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden with multiple follow-up questions during dueling town hall events on Oct. 15.
In place of a debate that was scheduled for Thursday night, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be participating in their own televised town halls in different cities. The events are set for the exact same time, with Trump on NBC and Biden on ABC. "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie will be moderating Trump's event outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. The dueling town halls, both at 8 p.m., have voters in a quandary over which one to watch.
The stark differences between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden were on display during their competing town halls, and in no space was that clearer than the magnitude and frequency of their falsehoods.
The fact that the second debate was cancelled after Trump backed out of the proposed virtual format deprived Americans of a chance to see the two candidates sparring on the same stage. But where Biden scattered in a small number of exaggerations or misstatements over about an hour and a half, Trump unleashed a barrage of dishonest claims over about an hour.
Trump falsely claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 85% of people who wear masks get the coronavirus, again argued inaccurately that there is widespread fraud with mail-in voting, defended as mere "opinion" a baseless conspiracy theory he retweeted about Osama bin Laden and the US military, and repeated familiar false or misleading remarks about the state of the pandemic, Biden's tax plan, job creation, and his own positions on DACA and pre-existing conditions.
Biden falsely claimed that Trump did nothing on unemployment after the initial round of congressional aid expired, wrongly asserted that there are more troops in Afghanistan today than there were when he left the vice presidency, and seemed to incorrectly deny that his website called the Green New Deal a "crucial framework."


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