Bernie Sanders to appear in Fox News town hall on Tax Day

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.) has agreed to appear in a Fox News town hall on April 15, the day by which Americans have to file taxes.

The network said the town hall will take place on April 15 in Bethlehem, Pa., and will be co-moderated by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier and "The Story" anchor Martha MacCallum. It will focus on the economy and jobs.

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Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, participated in a town hall event on Fox News during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

His decision to participate this year comes after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said last month that it would not allow Fox News to host a presidential primary debate, citing a New Yorker story alleging deep ties between the conservative network and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE's inner circle. 

Sanders's 2016 town hall on Fox News did well from a ratings perspective, averaging 2.6 million total viewers and nearly 500,000 in the key 25-54 demographic. 
 
Fox News will also host a town hall with potential 2020 presidential candidate Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, who is considering running as an Independent. 

Fox rival CNN has hosted town halls with 2020 Democratic candidates on a regular basis since the beginning of the year. 

Many Democratic candidates have done interviews on Fox News since declaring their respective candidacies, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Robert Reich sees Democratic race as Warren, Sanders and Biden: 'Everyone else is irrelevant' Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.).