Transcript for Joe Biden to face voters in high-stakes town hall event
Big night, George, you're with us now but will head to philly soon. A look at the stage there in Philadelphia. Remember, we did a town meeting with president trump a few weeks back. Tonight Joe Biden is going to take center stage, take questions from some undecided voters, some trump supporters, some Biden supporters. No question off the table tonight and we're closing in, robin, on this election season, 19 days till the final votes. 16 million people, 16 million have already cast their ballots and shattering records for early voting. Mary Bruce is in Philadelphia where our ABC town hall with Joe Biden is taking place in just hours. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, robin. We are ready here as you can see. The hall is set. You know, tonight we thought we would be seeing both candidates sharing the same stage at the second presidential debate but after president trump canceled, now tonight Joe Biden will be sitting right here doing something that we rarely have seen him do in this campaign upended by the pandemic. The former vice president interacting directly with voters taking their questions about what matters most to them as they make this choice. This morning, an election first. A presidential debate replaced with dueling town halls. The pandemic, the president overnight again spreading medical misinformation. I'm immune and I can't give it to you so that's good. Reporter: Experts warn much is unknown about immunity. Trump pitching voters in Iowa with 19 days to go, he is on defense campaigning in states he won handily in 2016 but that may be in play with Democrats gaining ground. The president admitting he's a little worried. For me to only be up six, I'm a little bit concerned, I'll tell you that. Reporter: Down most national poll, trump was hoping for a boost from the second debate. But after he tested positive, the commission announced the debate would be virtual instead. Trump then refusing pulling out of the event. Now tonight Biden will answer voter questions here on ABC. The special announced a week ago. Just yesterday it was announced that trump will also appear at a separate town hall in Miami at the same time. The side-by-side events sparking pushback on social media. No issue off limit, voters telling us they want to hear about health care, the economy and race. I need to hear from one of these two gentlemen what their plan is to unite us as a nation. Reporter: Less than three weeks to go but already more than 16 million Americans have cast their vote. Early voting records being shattered across the country. Long lines from Tennessee to Georgia and Texas. Now, overnight the Biden campaign and Democrats announced that they have raised a whopping $383 million last month. That is a record-breaking sum but Biden still has to convince undecided voters and tonight they will sit right here and socially distanced. Everyone in this hall has been tested. We have been tested too and it is just another sign of this really unusual campaign now with 19 days to go. Robin. Certainly S you can tune in tonight to our town hall with Joe Biden, George will be moderating beginning at 8:00 P.M. Eastern.
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