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 Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds 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) WallaceAmash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 Trump labels GOP challengers the 'Three Stooges' Pompeo: Taliban talks are dead 'for the time being' 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 SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum 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 KlobucharMSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' 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'RourkeNRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy MORE (D-Texas) has also indicated he is open to the idea.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.