President Donald Trump is participating in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia Tuesday night.
The president is answering questions from undecided voters. The 90-minute event is taking place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
The event offers yet another piece of evidence illustrating Pennsylvania’s importance in the presidential election. Political analysts have long tabbed Pennsylvania as one of the key battleground states that could decide the election.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president, leads Trump in polls in Pennsylvania, but some polls show him with an edge within the margin of error. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden holds a lead of 4.3 percentage points.
Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania four years ago, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton by less than a percentage point, or about 44,000 votes. Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since George H.W. Bush did it in 1988. His victory in the Keystone State helped propel him to the White House.
A Scranton native, Biden is banking on a win in Pennsylvania to deny Trump a second term. The headquarters of Biden’s campaign is in Philadelphia.
Both Biden and Trump have been repeatedly visiting Pennsylvania in recent months and are pouring a great deal of advertising in the commonwealth. Both Trump and Biden visited the Flight 93 Memorial in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, albeit a few hours apart.
Biden visited Harrisburg and Lancaster on Labor Day, while Trump made an appearance in Latrobe earlier this month. In December, Trump drew a capacity crowd to the Giant Center in Hershey, with hundreds more being turned away because the arena was filled.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. is slated to appear at the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club outside Harrisburg.
Ahead of Trump’s town hall in Philly, Biden issued a statement denouncing Trump’s leadership and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Long before COVID-19 spread to Philadelphia, President Trump’s failed leadership was felt in every corner of the city,” Biden said in the statement. “Pennsylvanians deserve better. As President, I will restore the leadership that has been lacking in the White House for the past four years, and help working families recover from this crisis and build back better than they were before.”
ABC News said it offered to host a similar town hall with Biden but couldn’t reach an agreement with the campaign on a date.
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