It was looking like another Joe Biden town hall filled with softball questions on Thursday night as the Democratic nominee went head-to-head with President Trump in competing prime-time town halls.
The 77-year-old former veep was lobbed a series of easy questions to star off the ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, Pa. by audience members mixed between Democrats and Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016.
Biden was asked whether he would take a coronavirus vaccine, and how he would reduce taxes for the middle class, but the elephant in the room, the Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s business dealings overseas, went unmentioned in the first 40 minutes of the 90-minute town hall.
“It is the president’s responsibility to lead and he didn’t do that. he didn’t talk about what needed to be done because he kept worrying, in my view, about the stock market,” Biden said, bashing Trump’s response to the pandemic at the town hall moderated by “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos.
When Stephanopoulos pushed back, saying that in the White House, he’d be getting conflicting advice from scientists and economics, Biden simply said he’d contain the pandemic by being “rational.”
The Democratic nominee and Trump went in separate directions after their second presidential debate in Miami was cancelled when Trump announced he was boycotting the event because organizers made it virtual.
Trump, meanwhile, was in Miami for a town hall with NBC News, moderated by Savannah Guthrie.
Trump’s re-election campaign were willing to take part in an in-person contest if they delayed the remaining two contests by one week, but Biden’s campaign rejected that proposal.
Biden was the first candidate to lock-in his solo town hall and the decision to schedule the two candidates at the same time on the same night drew condemnation from critics who said the American public should
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