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Trump and Biden hold dueling town halls as Covid cases spike and millions cast their votes early

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will participate in dueling town halls on Thursday, hoping to connect with voters as Covid-19 cases soar across the US and the President looks for a game-changing moment in a shaky reelection bid.

(CNN)President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will participate in dueling town halls on Thursday, hoping to connect with voters as Covid-19 cases soar across the US and the President looks for a game-changing moment in a shaky reelection bid.

The plans for the two men to meet face-to-face at a town hall where they would take questions from voters evaporated after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, amid fears that he could have exposed Biden and others to the virus during the chaotic first debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates proposed a virtual debate, but Trump refused -- leading Biden to make his own plans with ABC for a solo town hall.

Trump's campaign then arranged for the President to do his own town hall with NBC during the same hour.

Trump claimed on Thursday that the US is "doing fine" as new cases surge and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects up to 240,000 coronavirus deaths by the first week of November, shortly after Election Day.

As Trump has refused to change course -- even though the poor marks for his handling of the pandemic are creating a huge drag on his reelection chances, particularly with women -- there have been ominous signs that another wave of the coronavirus is hitting the US as deaths top 217,000 and cases near 8 million.

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