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ABC to host Trump town hall on September 15; Biden yet to respond

ABC to host Trump town hall on September 15; Biden yet to respond
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ABC News will host a live town hall event with President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE and undecided voters on Sept. 15, the network announced on Thursday.

The event will be hosted by ABC chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFauci: 'Other countries need to chip in' to help India Harris: I don't think America is a racist country, but we need to speak truth about history Biden meets with TV anchors ahead of joint address MORE.

The network says an invitation has also been extended to Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE, who has not responded as of mid-Thursday afternoon.

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The event is to take place seven weeks before Election Day. ABC says it "will provide undecided voters, both in person and virtually, a chance to ask the president their important questions before voting in November."

The one-hour event, "The Presidential Town Hall: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Questions," will be held in Philadelphia and in accordance with state and local government regulations regarding COVID-19, according to ABC.

The town hall will also occur two weeks before the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden in Cleveland.

The presidential race has tightened in recent weeks since Biden held a double-digit lead in late June, with the RealClearPolitics index of polls showing the former vice president with a 7.1-point lead.

In key battleground states, however, the index shows Biden's lead shrinking to just 3.7 points, from 6.2 points on June 25.