Lots of social distancing and challenging sound with an outdoor setting bordering a highway. Biden did well in terms of relating to the questions and the questioners.
Biden was not surprised by the news that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
What he's saying: “Quite frankly, I wasn't surprised,” Biden said when asked by MSNBC's Lester Holt if he was surprised Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.
- “For the last three months, three times a week, I'm on the telephone and on zoom with some of the leading immunologists in the nation, and they go through everything that's happening,” Biden said.
- “So the idea that COVID does not spread in proximity when you don't have a mask on, when you're not socially distancing, when there's large groups of people, when you're inside particularly and even when you're outside, that's not surprising” he added.
Lots of emphasis from Biden in recent days on mask wearing (which is meant to contrast with Trump). In his NBC town hall, he just called wearing masks a “patriotic responsibility.”— Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) October 6, 2020
I would hope that the President having gone through what he went through will communicate the right lesson to the American people: Masks matter. They save lives. pic.twitter.com/Hc8lovKEwB
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020
First questions are open ones about Biden’s plans and proposals to help tourist industries. Discussed the first debate and the format of the second debate which will be a town hall. Called the first debate an “embarrassment to the nation.”
Question about policing and its reform. A question about white supremacy wound up back on policing, then moves to dog whistles and Charlottesville. He spends a fair amount of time talking about race. This is a good warm up for the next debate on 15 October.
A question about school safety in a pandemic. Hard to even imagine how Trump would answer that question with the same degree of detail. Birth control access question related to SCOTUS pick. Biden does get into the weeds on using Senate stories as ways of writing laws.
Cuban / Venezuela question was handled well even if it was a critique of Bernie. Gen Z question on student debt. Again, when one is reminded of the last Trump town hall, IMPOTUS failed at the questions.
at socially distanced town hall event on MSNBC, Biden started answering a question and realized there were some spread out voters seated behind him.
“Pardon my back,” he said and pivoted to face them.
can you *imagine* Trump ever doing something decent like that?