The general election began another phase tonight, with Joseph R. Biden Jr. holding a town hall and President Trump following with an outdoor rally — events that reflected the starkly different approach each man has taken to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Biden’s town hall-style event on CNN, his biggest national stage since he accepted the Democratic nomination at the party convention last month, is being billed by CNN as its “first political drive-in town hall” of the election: To adhere to social distancing guidelines, voters will attend the event from their cars, parked in a lot at the minor league baseball stadium where the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders play. The event, near Mr. Biden’s hometown, is moderated by Anderson Cooper and features questions from Pennsylvania voters.
Mr. Trump is counterprogramming with a rally at 9 p.m. Eastern in central Wisconsin, another crucial swing state where he eked out a victory four years ago. Like many of his pandemic-era rallies, this one is taking place at an airport hangar.
After a pause, Mr. Trump has resumed his rallies with a vengeance in recent days, holding indoor and outdoor events in key states including Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona and New Hampshire. Most of the rally attendees have been quite willing to flout the guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing, and he has expressed little concern for the health of those who come to support him.
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