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 TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill 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 BloombergDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE leads by 6 points.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism 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 ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership 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.