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Trump, Biden in dueling town halls as a coronavirus rattle campaign



President Trump will be answering questions at a city hall in Miami on Thursday, and Joe Biden will be doing the same in Philadelphia.


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(L) ALEX EDELMAN / AGENCY FRANCE-PRESSE / GETTY IMAGES |, (R) CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES

President Trump and Joe Biden faced each other in dueling town halls on Thursday, and Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris canceled the campaign trip after an adjutant tested positive for coronavirus.

While the pandemic continues to rock the campaign, Ms. Harris has suspended all campaign travel through Sunday “out of caution,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, campaign manager for Mr. Biden. The decision was made after Ms. Harris’s director of communications and an unmanned flight crew tested positive for the virus.

Mr Biden’s campaign stated that Ms Harris had no close contact with either person for the two days prior to testing positive. Ms. O’Malley Dillon said Ms. Harris has tested negative for coronavirus twice since October 8, with her last negative test on Wednesday, and should be tested again on Thursday.

Senator Kamala Harris arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday.


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Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Earlier this month, Mr Trump was hospitalized after he and several White House and election workers tested positive for the virus. Mr. Trump’s doctor said in a memo released Monday that he had tested negative for consecutive days.

Mr Trump’s diagnosis prompted the organizers of the second presidential debate, originally scheduled for Thursday, to convert the format into a virtual event. The debate was canceled after the president said he would not attend if it was not held in person. Mr Trump and Mr Biden signed up for competing town halls instead on Thursday night.

Mr Biden will answer questions from voters in Philadelphia at a forum hosted by ABC News, while Mr Trump will also do the same at a city hall hosted by NBC in Miami.

A recent poll by WSJ / NBC News shows that female voters prefer Democratic candidate Joe Biden by a wide margin over President Trump. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains why we are likely heading for an election with a gender gap of historic proportions. Photo: Lori King / Associated Press

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Write to Sabrina Siddiqui at Sabrina.Siddiqui@wsj.com

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