Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues

Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues
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Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE have declined an upcoming CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues, citing "scheduling conflicts," according to a network release. 

The Oct. 11 town hall, hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, will be broadcast live from Los Angeles for 4 1/2 hours starting at 7 p.m.

“HRC says it will be the largest audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues,” CNN said this week.

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The town hall will feature nine Democratic candidates in 30-minute intervals: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (Texas), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (Minn.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (N.J.) and former hedge fund manager and activist Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE

The event will be moderated by CNN anchors Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperIllinois governor: Federal government sent wrong type of masks CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense' Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms' MORE, Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus Chris Cuomo joins brother Andrew Cuomo at coronavirus briefing Chris Cuomo reveals coronavirus symptoms: Fever, shivering, hallucinations MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonNews programs, game shows see spike in viewers amid pandemic 'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus' MORE, along with chief political correspondent Dana BashDana BashThe Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell, Pelosi at odds over next relief bill CNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE

The network also ran a 7 1/2–hour single-issue themed town hall earlier this month focusing on climate change.