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Biden Looks Like the Winner in TV Ratings

He's got bigger numbers than the president

(Newser) - Donald Trump often has been a TV ratings hit , but maybe not this time. Preliminary results from his nearly head-to-head matchup Thursday night with Joe Biden show the president bringing up the rear, Variety reports. Biden, whose 90-minute event was carried by ABC, is averaging 13.9 million total viewers... More »

Town Haller: Trump's Smile Rocks, but My Vote's for Biden

Paulette Dale drew attention for complimenting president at town hall

(Newser) - There were plenty of attention-grabbing moments during President Trump's Thursday night town hall in Miami, but one attendee managed to steal some of the spotlight from him when she gushed over his looks. "I have to say, you have a great smile," Paulette Dale said to a... More »

A Lot of People Had Same Thought on Those Town Halls

They were 'like a choose-your-own-ending book,' says one analysis

(Newser) - Thursday's night presidential town halls were very different from each other, and a similar theme has emerged in the political post-mortems. What was originally supposed to be a face-to-face debate "morphed into a long-distance study in contrasts," write Alexander Burns and Katie Glueck at the New York ... More »

Guthrie Gave Trump 'One of His Toughest Grillings'

'You're not someone's crazy uncle,' she told him

(Newser) - Thursday night was a tale of two town halls but while President Trump and Joe Biden both had a lot to say, in their own ways, some commentators say the winner was Savannah Guthrie, who moderated the NBC Trump town hall. The Today co-host is being praised—and criticized—for... More »

Biden, Trump to Hold Dueling Town Halls

NBC News announces it will host the president's event, prompting instant online backlash

(Newser) - After it was announced that the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, originally set for Thursday, was canceled due to Trump refusing a virtual format, Biden decided to do his own town hall that night in Philly instead, to air on ABC News. Now, NBC News reports that... More »

Trump Has Rough Night With Undecided Voters

Even Joe Biden got in a dig during town hall in Philadelphia with the president

(Newser) - President Trump faced "an unusual moment of exposure" Tuesday night as he was confronted on his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his vow to wipe out ObamaCare, his comments on dead soldiers, and more by a group of undecided voters during an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, per... More »

Greta Will Be on CNN Thursday. There's Controversy Over It

There's some 'confusion' as to why she's been asked to appear at a town hall on coronavirus

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg is confident she had the coronavirus a few weeks back—though it's not clear if that's why CNN has chosen her to appear in its Thursday town hall on the pandemic. Per the New York Post , the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist will appear with Dr. Sanjay... More »

Trump Talks Obama, Coronavirus, Insults in TV Town Hall

'When they hit us, we have to hit back'

(Newser) - President Trump defended the administration's response to the coronavirus and his confrontational style of name-calling political opponents as he fielded questions Thursday from select members of the public in his first TV town hall of the 2020 election cycle. Trump, who regularly calls his top Democratic presidential opponents "... More »

Warren Uses 7 Tweets to Reject Offer From Fox

She won't appear at town hall, denounces network as a 'hate-for-profit racket'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar have already done town halls on Fox News, and Kirsten Gillibrand and Pete Buttigieg are on the schedule, notes CNN . Fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren? That would be no, and "no" would be an understatement, based on the seven-tweet explanation she offered Tuesday on why... More »

Rising Dem Star to the Media: You're Banned

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bars reporters from 2 events

(Newser) - Seems President Trump isn't the only one with media issues . Now rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entirely banned reporters from two town-hall-style events, CNN reports. The congressional candidate hosted the "listening tour" community meetings last week—one in the Bronx on Wednesday and one in Queens on... More »

Dad Accused CNN of 'Scripting' Town Hall; CNN Releases Emails

Parkland survivor's dad admits he left critical words out of exchange he sent to media outlets

(Newser) - An emotional CNN town hall last week after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School focused on gun control and school safety, but the network soon found itself in a tiff with the family of one of the survivors. Conservative outlets went after CNN for "scripting"... More »

Victim's Father Calls Rubio 'Pathetically Weak'

Senator, NRA spokeswoman jeered at an emotional town hall

(Newser) - Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA national spokeswoman Dana Loesch encountered the raw emotion of school shooting survivors and the parents of victims at a town hall meeting in Sunrise, Fla., Wednesday night. In one of the most heated exchanges, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the Parkland shooting, told... More »

Google CEO Calls Off Meeting Amid Alt-Right Fears

Workers said they were worried about harassment

(Newser) - Google CEO Sundar Pichai planned to address the controversy over an anti-diversity memo at an all-employee town hall meeting—but he called it off after workers said they were worried about online harassment. Pichai said questions from employees had been leaked and their identities had been published on alt-right websites,... More »

Iowa Congressman Has Rough Day Over Health Care Bill

Rod Blum cuts off interview, then faces a hostile town hall

(Newser) - Iowa Rep. Rod Blum has become the temporary lightning rod for anger about the health care bill that just passed the House . The Republican congressman had a double whammy on Monday when he abruptly cut short a TV interview—see the video —and then faced a hostile town hall... More »

US Rep: 'Nobody Dies' Because They Don't Have Health Care

Raul Labrador booed roundly after town hall comments

(Newser) - On Friday, the day after House Republicans passed the reworked American Health Care Act , Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador faced an angry woman at a town hall who accused him of "mandating people on Medicaid accept dying," reports the Idaho Statesman . "That line is so indefensible," responded... More »

Trump on Protests, Leaks: Blame Obama

Claims Obama's 'people' behind town hall protesters in Fox interview, says 'that's politics'

(Newser) - President Trump has taken his claim that "liberal activists" are behind protests against Republicans at town hall meetings to a new level, telling Fox and Friends that his predecessor is really the one to blame. "I think that President Obama is behind it," Trump says in a... More »

Town Hall Venting: 'What Kind of Insurance Do You Have'

Trump's view of the anger is similar to that of Obama's

(Newser) - Angry constituents confronting Republican lawmakers at town hall meetings continue to make headlines. Here's a look at what both sides are saying:
  • It's one thing President Trump has in common with former President Obama: The latter's White House also shrugged off town hall chaos as the work
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Trump Slams Protesters at GOP Town Halls

He tweets about 'so-called angry crowds'

(Newser) - President Trump's latest target on Twitter is people who attend town hall-style meetings and voice objections to lawmakers—Republican ones, that is. "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!," Trump tweeted Tuesday evening.... More »

Cruz's Post-Honeymoon Splurge: 100 Cans of Soup

It was Campbell's Chunky, Heidi Cruz revealed at CNN town hall

(Newser) - Ted Cruz showed up Wednesday for a CNN town hall—or what Gawker frames as "another glimpse into the waking hell that is Heidi Cruz’s daily life"—with his wife and two young daughters in tow, and Heidi offered up a personal, if bizarre, nugget of life... More »

Arizona Heckler to McCain: 'Where's the Dang Fence?'

Town hall gets testy over immigration

(Newser) - John McCain took a lot of heat at a pair of town hall meetings yesterday over his new push for immigration reform, with many angry Arizona residents telling him in turn that illegal immigrants should never become citizens, the AP reports. "Cut off their welfare and their stuff and... More »

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