Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall

Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall
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Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are willing to face a Fox News town hall following Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE's (I-Vt.) popular appearance at one such event on Monday night.

The Vermont lawmaker and 2020 White House hopeful's town hall drew more than 2.55 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far. 

Although Fox's viewership leans conservative, the crowd at the event seemed supportive of Sanders's progressive policies.

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The audience at one point erupted in cheers and applause when host Bret Baier asked if they would support Sanders's "Medicare for All" proposal.

The town hall came after the Democratic National Committee barred Fox News from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate because of the network’s reportedly close ties to the Trump administration. DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Monday that the party is not reconsidering its decision.

However, Democratic candidates are not precluded from appearing on Fox News for interviews or town halls, and several presidential hopefuls have made appearances on the network in an effort to appeal to a broader range of voters.

Here are the 2020 candidates and likely candidates who say they would consider participating in a Fox News town hall.

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Buttigieg: Biden gave 'bad' debate answer on slavery's legacy O'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows MORE

A spokesperson for Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who has been surging in fundraising and polling, told The Hill on Tuesday that the campaign is in talks with Fox News about appearing in a town hall event on the network.

"Reaching out to the Fox audience is something we intend to do," the spokesperson added.

Andrew YangAndrew YangSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Yang defends ,000 giveaway contest's legality 2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft MORE

Yang, an entrepreneur who has never held public office, said after Sanders's town hall that he would be "happy" to appear in one.

"For what it’s worth I’d be happy to do a Town Hall on @FoxNews or @MSNBC," Yang tweeted. "Or just about any other platform that would reach a large number of Americans. The whole point is to reach as many Americans as possible."

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Tim Ryan debuts 'album' on Spotify to pitch 2020 platform 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (D-Ohio)

A spokesperson for Ryan, who entered the race earlier this month, told The Hill on Tuesday that the campaign had been in contact with Fox News about a town hall.

"Congressman Ryan is willing to do a town hall with Fox News, and the campaign has reached out proactively to the network to express interest in this type of forum," campaign communications director Julia Krieger said.

"They have also reached out to our campaign," she added.

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyTrump campaign mocks Democratic debate: 'Another informercial for President Trump' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Sanders slips in NH, Biden and Warren in statistical dead heat MORE (D-Md.)

Delaney, who regularly appears on Fox News, "would welcome the opportunity" to appear in a town hall hosted by the network, a spokesperson told The Hill.

"John believes in talking to voters everywhere, everywhere on the ideological spectrum and everywhere geographically, and regularly goes on Fox News," campaign communications director Will McDonald said. "We would welcome the opportunity to do a Fox News town hall.” 

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.)

Swalwell has "said he's willing to appear on a Fox town hall," a spokesperson for his campaign told The Hill.

The California lawmaker previously said he makes efforts to appear on the network.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (D-Colo.)

Bennet has not yet made a final decision on a 2020 presidential bid, which he has said he will pursue if he beats his recent prostate cancer diagnosis.

If the Colorado lawmaker runs, "he would consider participating in a Fox News town hall," a spokesperson for Bennet told The Hill.

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska)

The 88-year-old former Alaska senator, who has said he is campaigning solely to introduce important ideas on the presidential debate stage, was noncommittal.

"Would we consider an appearance on a town hall? For atypical reasons: We don’t want to court voters — we want to smash the Overton window. We want to put radical, new ideas on the radar," Kathryn Kohn, communications director for Gravel's campaign, told The Hill.
 
"A town hall would give us the space to engage with ideas freely, expand the discourse, and advocate for our radical ideals with voters and not bad-faith talk show hosts. If we’re not constrained by 10 minutes of loaded questions on a cramped set, we have the room to freely advocate for an end to war, and end to violence abroad and an end to the injustice that plagued us at home."

The Hill has reached out to the campaigns of Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Klobuchar: Investigation into Kavanaugh 'a sham' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocrats debate in Houston: Who came out on top? Poll: Sanders and Biden now in statistical tie in New Hampshire Krystal Ball: Tulsi should be on the debate stage; Saagar Enjeti: Has the media given Biden a pass? MORE (D-Hawaii), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate O'Rourke says pushback to his mandatory gun buyback proposal shows Washington's 'screwed up priorities' MORE (D-Texas), Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE (D), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE (D), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate 10 Democrats set to debate after other half falls short MORE (D), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D), and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonWilliamson urges followers to contact Senate, House over possible Bolton replacement Marianne Williamson clarifies hot mic moment The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE.

The Hill also reached out to potential candidates former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE, former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).