Dueling town halls for Trump, Biden after debate plan nixed

Joe Biden and Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Shealah Craighead / The White House)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing supporters separately before their dueling town halls, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are agreeing on one big thing: The other guy is lying all the time.

The two will compete for TV audiences from afar Thursday night instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned.

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They’ll take questions in different cities on different networks — Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden on ABC from Philadelphia.

Trump backed out of plans for the originally scheduled debate after organizers shifted the format to a virtual event following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

During the day, Trump spoke at a midday rally in North Carolina, while Biden addressed a virtual fundraiser.