The 1 big problem with 2 town halls

This approach is a disservice to voters

Trump and Biden at the debate
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The first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was bad — a horror show that made a lot of observers hope they would never have to watch a presidential debate again.

The good news is that Trump and Biden won't be debating each other tonight. The bad news is that they will be holding separate televised town halls. Trump will appear on NBC, while Biden will be featured on ABC. Letting the two candidates respond directly to voters is probably better than having them try to talk over each other. But because this is 2020, this seemingly good idea is being done in the worst way possible.

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Joel Mathis, The Week US

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who has spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His work also regularly appears in National Geographic, The Kansas City Star and Heatmap News. His awards include best online commentary at the Online News Association and (twice) at the City and Regional Magazine Association.