Trump to do Fox News town hall in Pennsylvania next week

Trump to do Fox News town hall in Pennsylvania next week
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President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE will field questions from voters at a Fox News town hall event in Scranton, Pa., next week, the network announced Friday.

The Thursday event will be moderated by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. It will mark a rare foray into such a setting for Trump — his first time holding a town hall with voters since his 2016 campaign.

The appearance at the Scranton Cultural Center will also mark the first time Trump will take questions from Baier and MacCallum since interviews with them in June 2018 and April 2017, respectively. He has appeared numerous times since on Fox News, but mostly on opinion programs such as "Fox & Friends" and "Hannity."


Pennsylvania is one of a handful of key swing states in the 2020 election. Trump won the Keystone State and its 20 electoral votes by only about 45,000 votes in 2016.

One poll released last week by Quinnipiac University showed Trump trailing each of the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE leads Trump by 8 percentage points in a hypothetical match-up, according to the survey. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Minn.) leads him by 7 points, and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBudget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 MORE leads by 6 points.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn defense of share buybacks Democrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo In Washington, the road almost never taken MORE (D-Mass.) lead Trump by 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively, in hypothetical match-ups.

However, another Pennsylvania survey released Thursday showed Trump edging out Bloomberg, Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? DOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda MORE. The Muhlenberg College poll had Sanders with the best advantage over Trump, at just 3 points, while the president ties with Warren and Biden.

Fox News has hosted several town hall events with Democratic candidates, including Klobuchar, Sanders and Buttigieg.