CNN is planning a town hall with democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
- If you’re thinking “wait, hasn’t CNN done that already?” the answer is yes — but with a catch.
- CNN hosted O’Rourke for a town hall back in October 2018 when he was running for the senate against Ted Cruz.
- O’Rourke would ultimately lose that election in the November 2018 midterms.
- However, his fundraising power and tight challenge against Cruz in a traditionally red state likely was the start of his momentum onto the national political scene.
- The 2018 town hall was therefore technically distinct from the one planned for May 21, 2019 since O’Rourke was not a presidential candidate at the time.
- The May 21 event will take place in the key state of Iowa and will be moderated by Dana Bash.
- O’Rourke was not included in the “marathon” of town halls CNN produced in April.
- Notably, CNN will air O’Rourke’s town hall event one day before the May ratings period commonly known as sweeps ends.
- Candidate Joe Biden also did not participate in a town hall during the April block, but he had not announced his candidacy at the time.
- As of May 15, CNN has not done a presidential town hall with Biden.