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President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. will appear on Thursday at separate events at City Hall, broadcast on national television, beginning at 8 p.m.
Mr. Trump will ask questions to voters in Miami. NBC, MSNBC and CNBC will broadcast the town hall, which will be moderated by the host of the show “Today”
ABC will be run by Biden City Hall, which will be held at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia and will be moderated by ABC News chief George Stefanopoulos. The event is expected to last 90 minutes.
The New York Times will simultaneously cover live events, with real-time analysis by teams of reporters watching both candidates, on nytimes.com.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden were originally scheduled to hold a debate Thursday night, but it was canceled after the president bowed because it was due to take place in practice.
Trump is lagging behind, polls show. Will he start looking for a new target to blame?
Last week, a federal judge in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against Trump’s campaign, which seeks to limit the way mail can be collected and counted. Facebook and Twitter said Wednesday they were restricting distribution or simply blocking a report in The New York Post that made unverified allegations about Mr Biden. The stimulus bill that Mr Trump is pushing for is at odds with both sides of Capitol Hill.
In less than three weeks, Mr. Trump has a number of goals he can pursue as he wants to explain why things are not going his way. Where he focuses, his anger will also provide a preview of how he can react to election results if he loses.
Will Trump deliver a gift to Biden again with shouts?
Candidates will not share a stage, but their competing town halls, which will be held in different networks simultaneously on the same evening, could create a similar dynamic in the first general debate this month.
With a significant lead in national surveys of national and battlefields, Mr. Biden simply hopes the clock will run out without external events changing the trajectory of the race. Mr. Trump, who has filled his schedule with as many rallies as possible, is trying to silence him.
Will Mr. Trump try to overshadow Mr. Biden with his outbursts and attacks that have exhausted even some of his own supporters?
Will Trump try to direct the conversation to Hunter Biden?
The day before the events at City Hall, Republicans took advantage of the report in The New York Post about Mr. Biden and his son Hunter, which was so unfounded that Twitter and Facebook took the extraordinary step of restricting access to them on their platforms.
The report, passed by Mr Trump’s Republican allies, includes Hunter Biden’s work with a Ukrainian energy company and whether he sought the help of his father, the source of the president’s ongoing baseless slander against Bidens. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president, but Mr Trump intends to create distractions to prevent voters from focusing on his failures in dealing with the coronavirus.
In line with the 2020 Elections
Despite the many questions surrounding the report – and the president’s history of spreading influence while in office – Mr Trump appears to feel a political opportunity to attack Mr Biden over the report at a rally in Iowa on Wednesday.
If he ignores mayor’s questions and turns the conversation to dirt, Mr Trump risks provoking a political backlash among undecided voters, for whom Hunter Biden is not a problem in a time of national crisis. And that would raise the question of whether Mr. Trump is even more outspoken in using information of dubious origin to improve his chances of election than he was four years ago, when he publicly called on Russia to find emails from Hillary Clinton’s server.
Biden is ahead. Will he make any casual mistakes?
Time is running out for Mr. Trump to change the direction of the race. So Mr. Biden has a basic imperative in his town hall: Don’t make unforced mistakes.
For months, Mr. Trump has been making baseless allegations about Mr. Biden’s endurance and mental acuity, and Trump’s campaign is eager to take advantage of Mr. Biden’s verbal mistakes. Mr. Trump’s repeated warnings about Mr. Biden’s suitability have lowered expectations for the former vice president in the first debate.
Mr Biden may have cleared the bar simply by staying upright and confident during the match, but Mr Trump continues to spread the word that his opponent has refused. At a rally on Wednesday, he said Mr Biden had been “shot” and “lost”.
Mr. Biden thrives on individual interactions with voters, so City Hall presents a better format for him than the traditional debate. But Mr Trump and his allies will certainly stick to notable mistakes on the part of the Democratic nominee, especially any moment that can be used as evidence that Mr Biden has lost a step.
Many voters hate Trump, but can Biden make an affirmative argument for himself?
So much of the 2020 campaign revolves around Mr. Trump, and many people are highly motivated to vote in the November election out of a keen desire to deny him a second term.
But whether they will also be excited about Mr Biden is another question.
In the first debate, Mr Trump’s relentless interruptions did not create the perfect setting for Mr Biden to formulate his own vision for the country.
City Hall will give him another opportunity to give an affirmative argument for President Biden. This is another chance to appeal to voters who may not like Mr. Trump, but were not initially attracted to Mr. Biden’s candidacy, including many young voters who preferred other Democrats in the main race.
Mr. Biden is not short of topics to talk about at City Hall. He outlined a comprehensive and ambitious policy agenda with plans to expand health coverage, combat climate change, reduce the racial gap in wealth and revive the economy following the collapse of the coronavirus pandemic. But whether he manages to implement these plans in the mayor’s office concisely and convincingly remains to be seen.
Will Biden stumble over any political issues?
Mr Biden and his candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, have had to address a number of complex political issues as they try to appeal to both progressive and more moderate voters.
One example is the future of the Supreme Court. Amid calls by some Democrats to add seats in court as a countermeasure if the Senate confirms Judge Amy Connie Barrett to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mr Biden has repeatedly faced questions about whether he supports expanding the court.
Again and again, Mr. Biden refused to offer a position, saying it would be a distraction. But he said in an interview with local television on Monday that he was “not a fan of court packaging.” This answer is unlikely to put an end to his questions on this issue.
Other politically sensitive topics include issues such as taxes, the Green New Deal, and hydraulic fracturing. Mr Trump has tried to portray Biden as an instrument of the far left of the Democratic Party, despite the former vice president’s reputation as moderate. Mr Biden faces the task of keeping his party united, while keeping his distance from certain proposals that could be used to paint him down.
Katie Gluck contributed to the reporting.