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Trump and Biden have town hall events scheduled for the exact same time

Washington D.C. - The two presidential candidates aren't just dueling for America's votes – they're also competing for viewers' attention. Both President Trump and former vice president Biden will hold two different town hall meetings at the same time aired on two separate channels.

Donald Trump will answer questions at the town hall event in Miami at the same time as Joe Biden's event in Philadelphia next week.
Donald Trump will answer questions at the town hall event in Miami at the same time as Joe Biden's event in Philadelphia next week.  © Evan Vucci/AP/dpa

NBC News announced that Donald Trump will answer voters' questions at a town hall event in Miami on Thursday evening at 8 PM local time (2 PM CEST on Friday). 

Just a week ago, Joe Biden confirmed a similar event scheduled for exactly the same time in Philadelphia, which will be broadcast on ABC.

The announcement of Trump's town hall event in Miami was accompanied by new information about the president's coronavirus status. NBC reported that Trump took the PCR test on Tuesday. The sample was analyzed at the National Institutes of Health research center by Dr. Anthony Fauci, among others. 

The results showed "with a high degree of certainty" that Trump is no longer contagious. Trump's personal physician Sean Conley had previously made this conclusion based primarily on rapid antigen tests, which are considered less reliable.

Two town halls instead of one presidential debate

The candidates' second debate was supposed to take place on Thursday, October 22 and was planned to have a town hall format. But that changed when President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 and was later hospitalized at Walter Reed.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced last week that it wanted to hold the debate virtually instead of having the candidates in the same room. But Trump refused to agree with the new proposal and the debate was cancelled.

The first presidential debate was characterized by a chaotic exchange full of interruptions and yelling. Trump constantly spoke over Biden and moderator Chris Wallace. 

The town hall scheduling clash could be considered another form of interruption, as Trump battles to improve his sagging poll numbers with less than three weeks to go until the election.

Cover photo: Evan Vucci/AP/dpa

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