President Donald Trump participated in a town hall in Pennsylvania earlier this week. Now it’s Joe Biden’s shot.
Less than seven weeks until Election Day, the former vice president will travel to Moosic, a small town just outside of his childhood home of Scranton, to take part in a town hall on CNN moderated by longtime anchor Anderson Cooper
In an unusual setup forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the town hall will be held in the parking lot of PNC Field. One hundred attendees, all chosen by CNN, will drive in and park near the stage, where they’ll be called on by Cooper to ask questions.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 250 people in Pennsylvania under Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus orders, though those restrictions were recently ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV, a Trump appointee. Wolf said he plans to appeal the ruling.
Biden last visited the Scranton area in July, and delivered a speech at McGregor Industries in Dunmore, promising to build the “economy of the future.” He also criticized Trump as “singularly focused" on the stock market.
Pennsylvania, and its 20 electoral votes, could ultimately decide the 2020 election. In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania by just 44,000 votes, a margin less than 1%. Though polls have tightened since the summer, Biden has continued to hold a lead over Trump. Real Clear Politics has Biden ahead by a little more than 4 percentage points, based on an average of recent polls. A new NBC News/Marist College poll released last week showed Biden widening his lead to 9 percentage points over Trump.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch and stream the town hall:
The town hall, which will air on CNN, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern and last about an hour.
You can stream the town hall on the CNN app and on CNN.com. The network is also available on several so-called skinny bundles, including YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and AT&T Now.
Moderating the town hall will be longtime CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who interviewed Biden at the end of August. In that interview, the former vice president condemned the violence surrounding protests in Kenosha, Wis., and claimed Trump and his allies were “rooting for violence.”
Cooper also moderated a Democratic debate during the primaries in October, and drew scrutiny for asking Biden if it was proper for his son, Hunter, to do business abroad during his tenure as vice president. Senate Republicans are investigating Hunter Biden’s former role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said was “political retribution intended to help the president keep his job.”
“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said. “I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine.”
Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), arrived in Philadelphia Thursday morning for her first campaign swing through Pennsylvania since being added to the ticket.
According to my colleague Sean Collins Walsh, Harris will participate in a “Sister to Sister, Mobilizing in Action” event hosted by City Councilmember Cherelle Parker, a meeting with U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) and a small business owner, and a conversation with Latino elected officials and community leaders. She’ll also attend a virtual fundraiser tonight with Biden from the campaign’s headquarters in Center City.
Earlier this week, Harris held a Zoom fund-raiser with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Saturday Night Live cast member Maya Rudolph, who earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of “fun aunt” Harris during the Democratic primary.
Trump will travel to Mosinee, Wis., Thursday for a campaign rally, according to his public schedule. Trump is expected to speak to supporters at Central Wisconsin Aviation at 9 pm. Eastern, just after Biden’s town hall is scheduled to end.
The president has been criticized for continuing to hold large rallies with thousands of supporters, many who flout the White House’s own guidelines on social distancing and face masks. The indoor site in Nevada Trump held a campaign event on Sunday was fined $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines banning large gatherings.
Trump won Wisconsin in the 2016 election by just 22,478 votes, a margin less than 1%. Recent polls show Biden increasing his lead in the state — an ABC News/The Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows the former vice president up 6 percentage points. Real Clear Politics has Biden ahead in Wisconsin by nearly 7 percentage points, based on their average of recent polls.
The Trump and Biden campaigns have agreed to three debates during the 2020 election: