4 takeaways from Trump and Biden town hall discussions

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos pose for photographs at the beginning of a town hall format meeting at the National Constitution Center October 15, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. | Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participated in dueling town halls Thursday night, 19 days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, after plans for their second presidential debate fell through.

After Trump contracted COVID-19 weeks ago, the debate commission announced that its original plan for a town hall debate between the two would be scrapped and they would have to do a virtual debate due to health concerns. However, Trump declined to participate in a virtual debate. 

Both candidates scheduled their own town halls at the same time on Thursday night — with Trump’s airing on NBC from Miami, Florida, and Biden’s airing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Less than three weeks out from election day, Biden leads Trump by 9.4% in the Real Clear Politics average of presidential election polls.

In the following pages are four takeaways from Trump and Biden’s town hall events. 

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