Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have scheduled Fox News town halls in the near future. Julian Castro is reportedly in the process of scheduling one and more candidates are considering it.
According to a May 2 report from Axios, Klobuchar’s town hall will be Wednesday, May 8, Buttigieg’s will be Sunday, May 19, and Gillibrand will be Sunday, June 2.
Axios also reported last week that Julián Castro is “in the process of scheduling” a town hall, Sen. Cory Booker is “considering one” and Beto O’Rourke is “willing to appear” on the network.
The Daily Beast reported last month that Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign “expect[s] to start discussions with the network soon” to set a time and place for a town hall; and Rep. Tim Ryan’s campaign “has reached out proactively” to Fox to do a town hall.
One likely reason Democrats are lining up to do this is because Sanders’ was a big ratings success.
As Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer noted, these Fox town halls may well benefit individual campaigns but they damage larger Democratic and progressive efforts. That’s because the town halls give Fox New undeserved legitimacy. I’ll have more on this in my next post. Meanwhile, watch part of Pfeiffer’s comments in the Media Matters clip below, from the April 17, 2019 Pod Save America (published April 18, 2019).
Fox News may not be mean and nasty to them. Simply stated, currently they are all losers poll-wise and Fox News would love to give them a boost up and until they become a legitimate threat to Trump. I guarantee Fox News will use this as an opportunity to force them to contrast themselves with Democratic front-runners to help them tear down any threat to Trump.