Buttigieg, Fox News in talks on town hall

Buttigieg, Fox News in talks on town hall
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE is in talks with Fox News about appearing in a town hall event on the network, a campaign spokesperson told The Hill on Tuesday.

The spokesperson, speaking a day after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.) appeared on a Fox town hall, told The Hill that “reaching out to the Fox audience is something we intend to do.”

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has been surging in the Democratic contest. He raised more money in the first fundraising quarter than Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Mass.) and placed third in one recent poll.

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Sanders, 77, appeared in a Fox News town hall on Monday night, which was moderated by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

The self-described democratic socialist is the first Democratic candidate to do a town hall on Fox News during this campaign season. He also participated in a Fox News town hall in February 2016 with eventual 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe 'Palmetto Promise': South Carolina will decide the race Alabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' Worries grow as moderates split Democratic vote MORE, who appeared separately. 

The decision by Sanders to appear on the network came more than a month after Democratic National Committee 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 announced that Fox would be barred from hosting any of the party's primary debates. He cited a story published in The New Yorker that claimed the network had extensive ties with the Trump administration.

Buttigieg, 37, is the only 2020 candidate to appear on "Fox News Sunday" in 2019.

Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, has earned praise from the left and right for his interview performances while being increasingly lauded as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination after being unknown nationally just two months ago. 

An Emerson College poll released Monday showed Sanders at 29 percent among Democratic respondents, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE second at 24 percent and Buttigieg third with 9 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeKrystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas Democrat attacks Trump's rhetoric, policies in Spanish-language State of the Union response MORE (D-Texas) each received 8 percent support in the poll. 

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.