Warren: I won't help Fox News 'raise money off my name' by doing town hall

Warren: I won't help Fox News 'raise money off my name' by doing town hall
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.) said Thursday that she will not help Fox News "raise money off" her name in explaining her decision not to do a televised town hall on the network. 

Speaking on “The View” on Thursday, Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, accused Fox News executives of running a "hate-for-profit scam."

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“Here’s the deal about Fox News executives: They’re running a hate-for-profit scam,” Warren said, citing examples of recent coverage she said contained hateful rhetoric. “They make a lot of money off those town halls. Right now advertisers are getting really antsy about being with Fox on a regular basis.”

Warren added that she’s “just not going to give them a full hour to help raise money and help get [Fox News] credibility because they were willing to talk to me for an hour.”

Co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate Meghan McCain: Lewandowski Senate run would be 'an absolutely ridiculous crap show' Meghan McCain swipes at Sanders: 'Don't you dare lecture Biden about cancer' MORE, a former Fox News contributor, noted that the network has a “history of having very successful town halls,” naming other 2020 Democratic hopefuls who have already participated in a town hall on the network or are scheduled to do so.

“I was surprised when you rejected it just because I know you are someone who will go to spaces where you’re not necessarily liked,” McCain said. “I think with all due respect its a little short sighted to not speak to the Fox audience.”

McCain later added that she felt Warren was “alienating an audience” with her decision.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.) is the only other 2020 Democratic candidate to say she would not do a town hall with Fox News.

Julián Castro was the most recent 2020 Democratic hopeful to announce he would be participating in a town hall with the network. He said Thursday he would do town hall with the network on June 13 in Arizona.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special 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 ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (D) have all already appeared in town halls on Fox News.