NBC News Among Outlets Chasing Trump Town Hall On Debate Night

NBC News is among the news outlets exploring the possibility of holding a town-hall event with President Donald Trump that would take place on the same night – October 15 – when a second presidential debate had been planned, according to three people familiar with the matter, and potentially opposite a similar event already scheduled between ABC News and former Vice President Joe Biden.

There is no finalized agreement, according to these people,and the ability to hold the event with Trump would likely hinge on participants adhering to appropriate health and safety practices.

The second presidential debate became a political hot potato, with the Trump and Biden campaigns disagreeing over a decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to make the event “virtual” after Trump tester positive for coronavirus.

In a statement released Friday, the CPD said, “ It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15 and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22.”

NBC News declined to make executives available for comment.

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