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 GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic 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) WallaceTrump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions When will telling the truth in politics matter again? Trump downplays COVID-19's mortality rate in US 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 SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay 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 KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win 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) RyanThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: HHS Secretary Azar says US plans to have tens of millions of vaccine doses this fall; Kremlin allegedly trying to hack vaccine research Democrats see victory in Trump culture war House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO 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'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) has also indicated he is open to the idea.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.