Fox News reports, the presidential debate was canceled after Trump refused participation in the proposed virtual setting, which resulted in two separate Town Hall meetings for the presidential nominees.
Instead of a debate Trump and Biden accepted LIVE questions from voter inside town halls.
Celebrities took advantage of such an unprecedented event to share their thoughts on social media.
“THEY HAVE NO PLAN FOR HEALTHCARE. STOP LYING,” Joy Behar wrote.
THEY HAVE NO PLAN FOR HEALTHCARE. STOP LYING.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) October 16, 2020
Padma Lakshmi posted that watching Joe Biden speak was, “priceless.”
“Microwave popcorn: $2 Biden/Harris socks: $15 Listening to someone who knows what the f**k they’re talking about: Priceless.”
“There’s an adult on @ABC right now who’s mapping out how he’d get the country back on track, if you wanna tune in,” Patton Oswalt tweeted. “#JoeBidenTownHallABC.”
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Other Never-Trumpers, Joy Behar and Bette Midler tweeted frequently voicing support for Joe Biden.
“OMG! #JoeBiden speaks like a human being! And he’s actually answering the questions!”
“It’s so exciting! How we have missed this for 4 years!!”
“A relief,” said Debra Messing regarding the way Biden spoke.
“What a RELIEF! A calm, focused, richly informational town hall. Thank you so much @JoeBiden and @GStephanopoulos. #BidenTownHall.”
“I dont want Biden to answer the question if he is going to pack the courts,” Patricia Arquette said.
“Let Mitch play out his hand while having to be mindful that he might regret it.”
“Biden and Harris will tax Americans to death and they are proud of it,” wrote actor James Woods.
Both Candidates will participate in an in-person debate on October 22 in Nashville Tennessee.
OMG! #JoeBiden speaks like a human being! And he’s actually answering the questions! It’s so exciting! How we have missed this for 4 years!!
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 16, 2020
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) October 16, 2020
I dont want Biden to answer the question if he is going to pack the courts. Let Mitch play out his hand while having to be mindful that he might regret it. @GStephanopoulos
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 16, 2020
Biden and Harris will tax Americans to death. And they are proud of it. https://t.co/03mrjhuo6N
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 16, 2020
From Fox News:
Woods, 73, offered up several other tweets throughout the evening, continuing until long after the ends of the events. His messages included praise for Trump and slams against Biden and Savannah Guthrie, who moderated the president’s event.
Trump’s event was hosted by NBC, live in Miami, Fla., from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST, while Biden’s was hosted live by ABC News in Philadelphia from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.
NBC scheduled the event for the same airing time as Biden’s ABC News event, prompting critics to condemn the scheduling conflict as an unwarranted freebie after the president refused to participate in a virtual debate.
Both candidates have agreed to participate in a final in-person debate on Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said. Kristen Welker of NBC News will moderate the matchup.