10 things you need to know today: October 16, 2020

Trump and Biden show contrasting styles in dueling town halls, Harris suspends travel after campaign coronavirus exposure, and more

Trump at a town hall event
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1. Trump, Biden hold separate town halls after debate scrapped

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling nationally televised town halls on Thursday, a night scheduled for their second debate until Trump backed out when organizers said it would be virtual. The candidates' contrasting styles were on display, with Trump sparring with the moderator and Biden offering soothing policy proposals unlikely to endanger his polling lead. Biden used a question about the coronavirus to criticize Trump's handling of the pandemic. "It's a presidential responsibility to lead and he didn't do that," Biden said. Trump faced a question about when he first tested positive for the virus, and whether he tested negative ahead of the last debate. "Possibly I did, possibly I didn't," Trump said. The candidates have a final debate scheduled before the November election.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.