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4 Bottom-Rung Democrats Each Getting Their Own CNN Town Hall

Four long-shot Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination will each get their own hour-long CNN town hall, according to announcement by the network on Monday.

By NTK Staff | 05.20.2019 @1:00pm
4 Bottom-Rung Democrats Each Getting Their Own CNN Town Hall

CNN announced Monday that the network will host four separate town halls for a series of Democratic presidential candidates unlikely to secure the party’s nomination. And unlike town halls in the past, in which the network traveled to early voting states, CNN is making each of these Democrats come to their headquarters in Atlanta.

The candidates include Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA). Here’s the breakdown on when each will air and who will moderate:

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet will be first up in an event moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash at 10 p.m., ET, on Thursday, May 30. Then on Sunday, June 2, CNN’s Victor Blackwell will moderate a town hall with Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, Poppy Harlow will moderate one with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, and Jim Sciutto will moderate the final town hall of the set with California Rep. Eric Swalwell. The hour-long town halls will take place at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., ET, respectively.

On Tuesday night, CNN will host a town hall for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who started his campaign with much fanfare in March but has since faded from the frontrunner pack. That town hall will take place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Using RealClearPolitics’ polling average, Bennet and Ryan are both polling just below 1 percent. Neither Moulton nor Swalwell registered on the polling aggregator’s site.

Although these candidates are not even close to leading the polls, the network’s decision to host town halls for these Democrats is not surprising. Events like these typically score decent ratings among viewers, though no CNN town hall has come close to matching the viewership of town halls that air on Fox News Channel.

Despite the larger audience, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pledged to never attend a Fox News town hall, calling the network a “hate-for-profit racket.”

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