Fox News to host town hall with Gillibrand in June

Fox News to host town hall with Gillibrand in June
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Fox News announced Thursday it will host a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker hits fundraising threshold for December debate after surge of post-debate donations Maloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee MORE (D-N.Y.) on June 2.

Gillibrand will be the fourth Democratic candidate to participate in a town hall hosted by the network.

The event will take place in Iowa, with "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Republicans, Democrats were both 'fed up' with Gordon Sondland Trump attacks Fox News for interviewing Swalwell Chris Wallace: Sondland testimony 'took out the bus and ran over' Trump, top aides MORE as moderator.

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“We are pleased to welcome Sen. Gillibrand to our lineup, further establishing FOX News as a vital destination for 2020 candidates," said Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of Fox News and Fox Business Network. "We look forward to Chris delivering a dynamic and substantive discussion from the influential state of Iowa to our millions of viewers.”

The decision by Gillibrand to appear on the network comes about two months 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 said Fox would be barred from hosting any of the party's primary debates.

"Senator Gillibrand has a track record of taking on the tough fights and winning in red and purple places, while still staying true to her progressive values," Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for Gillibrand, said Thursday in a statement. "She looks forward to joining Chris Wallace to share her vision for our country with Iowa caucus-goers and viewers, and to discuss her bold ideas for investing in our workers again, passing a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and reforming our election system to get big money out of politics."

A town hall in April with 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.) delivered almost 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall event this year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The network announced last month it will present town halls with White House hopefuls Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharA free college tradeoff — what should the 2020 candidates promise? Booker hits fundraising threshold for December debate after surge of post-debate donations The Hill's Morning Report - Sondland stuns; Dems pull punches in fifth debate MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign field organizers unionize Harris: Buttigieg comparing 'struggles' between black, LGBTQ communities is 'a bit naive' Poll: Trump edges Biden, trails Sanders in neck and neck match-ups MORE (D).

Klobuchar's event is scheduled for May 8 in Milwaukee, and Buttigieg's town hall is slated for May 19 in Claremont, N.H.

Other Democratic candidates, including Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMore than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Debate crowd erupts in laughs as Sanders chimes in 'I wrote the damn bill' on Medicare for All The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellTrump attacks Fox News for interviewing Swalwell Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Vindman defends witnesses from 'cowardly' attacks at third day of hearings MORE (Calif.), told the Daily Beast in April that they were willing to participate in a Fox News town hall. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas) has also indicated he is open to the idea.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.