By Brian Flood | Fox News
Fox News will host a second town hall event with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Monday in Detroit, Fox News Media President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace announced on Friday.
Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will moderate Sanders’ second Fox News town hall of the election cycle on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sanders previously participated in a town hall on Fox News back in April 2019.
“Fox News Channel has proven to be a destination for all voices across the political spectrum. Now more than ever, 2020 presidential candidates recognize the critical importance of our platform, comprised of significant block of Independent voters and the largest TV news audience in the nation,” Wallace said. “We welcome Sen. Sanders back to Fox News for a substantive conversation.”
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Sanders hopes to land the Democratic nomination and face off against President Trump, who participated in a Fox News town hall on Thursday.
The Sanders event will be the eleventh town hall of the current election season hosted by Fox News and the tenth with a Democratic presidential candidate. FNC’s first town hall with Senator Sanders holds the record for the most watched town hall of the 2020 election cycle with nearly 2.6 million viewers.
Recent Fox News town halls were held with then-Democratic presidential candidates Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, both co-moderated by Baier and MacCallum, as well as former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, moderated by Chris Wallace.
Fox News offers a significantly larger audience than liberal cable networks MSNBC and CNN, which have been accused of favoring moderate Democrats over Sanders.
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CNN and MSNBC both recently criticized Sanders for his constant attacks on what he describes as the “corporate establishment” that he says is backing former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. Some have even suggested that Sanders’ attacks on the “establishment” is also an attack on African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported Biden in the South Carolina primary as well as the Super Tuesday contests this week.
“That is an intentional and willful distortion of what I said and what I meant. The ‘establishment’ are the 60 billionaires who are funding Joe’s campaign, and the corporate-funded super PACs that are spending millions on negative ads attacking me,” Sanders told Fox News.
Fox News recently celebrated its 18th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network, dating back to January 2002. FNC’s 18-year streak is for both primetime and total-day viewers, including the key demographic of adults age 25-54.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.
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