Fox News to host town hall with Gillibrand in June

Fox News announced Thursday it will host a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) on June 2.

Gillibrand will be the fourth Democratic candidate to participate in a town hall hosted by the network.

The event will take place in Iowa, with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace to Colbert: US hasn’t seen this level of unrest since 1968 Chris Wallace to ‘The View’: Trump had a ‘very bad week’ for his reelection prospects Economic adviser on positive news: ‘The worst thing we can do right now is relax’ MORE as moderator.

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“We are pleased to welcome Sen. Gillibrand to our lineup, further establishing FOX News as a vital destination for 2020 candidates,” said Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of Fox News and Fox Business Network. “We look forward to Chris delivering a dynamic and substantive discussion from the influential state of Iowa to our millions of viewers.”

The decision by Gillibrand to appear on the network comes about two months after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Fox would be barred from hosting any of the party’s primary debates.

“Senator Gillibrand has a track record of taking on the tough fights and winning in red and purple places, while still staying true to her progressive values,” Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for Gillibrand, said Thursday in a statement. “She looks forward to joining Chris Wallace to share her vision for our country with Iowa caucus-goers and viewers, and to discuss her bold ideas for investing in our workers again, passing a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and reforming our election system to get big money out of politics.”

A town hall in April with 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) delivered almost 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall event this year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The network announced last month it will present town halls with White House hopefuls Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D).

Klobuchar’s event is scheduled for May 8 in Milwaukee, and Buttigieg’s town hall is slated for May 19 in Claremont, N.H.

Other Democratic candidates, including Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (Calif.), told the Daily Beast in April that they were willing to participate in a Fox News town hall. Former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) has also indicated he is open to the idea.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.

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