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 Elizabeth GillibrandGOP faces new challenge in 2020 abortion fight 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights 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) WallaceFox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Buttigieg Fox News town hall attracts 1.1 million viewers Scarborough calls Buttigieg 'the future of the Democratic Party' 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 SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge 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 KlobucharHarris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers GOP senators split over antitrust remedies for big tech Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers 2020 Democratic presidential candidates rally in support of abortion rights 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 RyanGOP faces new challenge in 2020 abortion fight 2020 Democratic presidential candidates rally in support of abortion rights The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems 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'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Opposition research requests for O'Rourke 'have completely died off': report MORE (D-Texas) has also indicated he is open to the idea.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.