Joe Biden participates in ABC News town hall in Philadelphia

Both presidential candidates held town halls after second debate was cancelled

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Miramar Regional Park in Miramar, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ABC News hosted a live town hall with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, moderated by George Stephanopoulos, on Thursday night.

President Donald Trump participated in a simultaneous town hall Thursday night on NBC.

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AP: Dueling town halls for Trump, Biden tonight after debate plan nixed

President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden competed for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned.

The two took questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night: Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden on ABC from Philadelphia. Trump backed out of plans for the presidential faceoff originally scheduled for the evening after debate organizers shifted the format to a virtual event following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

As the pace of the campaign speeds up in its final weeks, the two candidates first took care of other electoral necessities Thursday: Trump had a midday rally in battleground North Carolina, and Biden was raising campaign cash at a virtual event.

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