What you need to know about tonight’s dueling Trump and Biden town halls


It’s not quite a debate-stage face-off, but President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will participate in dueling town hall events Thursday evening, looking to tip the scales less than three weeks out from Election Day.

The candidates were originally set to compete in an encore to a raucous first presidential debate, but it was scrapped when Trump refused to take part in a digital format proposed following his coronavirus diagnosis.

Rather than take the night off, Biden opted for a town hall-style event in Philadelphia, airing in prime-time on ABC.

Trump then signed on for a competing appearance in Miami — the site of the originally scheduled debate — to be broadcast on NBC.

Here’s what you need to know about the competing events:

What hours will the Trump and Biden town halls run?

The Trump town hall will start at 8 p.m. ET and run for one hour, to 9 p.m. ET.

The Biden town hall also kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, but will run for an extra half-hour, to 9:30 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the Trump town hall?

The Trump town hall will air live on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. It will also be streamed NBC’s various web platforms.

How can I watch the Biden town hall?

The Biden town hall will be broadcast live on ABC, and also streamed on ABC’s online platforms.

Additionally, it will be streamed through third-party streaming and social-media services including YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling, Facebook and Twitter.

Who will moderate the Trump and Biden town halls?

NBC News journalist and “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie will moderate the Trump town hall, while ABC “Good Morning America” and “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos will referee the Biden town hall.