O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall

O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall
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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE said Monday that he would happily participate in a town hall hosted by Fox News, breaking with some of his 2020 Democratic presidential rivals.

“Absolutely,” O’Rourke told reporters at a campaign stop in Iowa when asked about his willingness to appear on the conservative network, according to Politico.

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“This campaign is about going to where people are, and you see that physically in where I show up. But it also has to be in those channels or those social media streams where people get their news and their information. That also includes Fox.”

The presidential hopeful said he was unaware of any current talks between his team and Fox News, which Democratic Party leadership said earlier this year was too biased to host any of its primary debates this cycle.

O'Rourke's remarks come one day after South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' Biden, Sanders lead Trump in hypothetical match-ups: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE (D) participated in a town hall on the network that drew 1.1 million total viewers.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash MORE (D-Minn.) have also done events hosted by Fox News. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-N.Y.) will appear in a Fox News town hall on June 2.

Other candidates, however, have refused to appear in the network's events.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted Fox News as a "hate-for-profit machine" while saying that she would never appear in a town hall hosted by the network. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Calif.) has also indicated she would refuse a town hall invitation.