Photos: Trump and Biden appear at dueling town halls

President Trump, without a mask, points to someone amid masked staffers on stage
President Trump talks with voters after an NBC News town hall at Pérez Art Museum Miami.
(Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

President Trump and Joe Biden clashed tonight, albeit not on the same stage, or even the same channel.

Their dueling town halls on rival networks marked yet another first in this tumultuous race repeatedly disrupted by the pandemic. The televised events took the place of an originally scheduled second debate, which President Trump refused to participate in despite trailing significantly in the polls.

The president was in dire need of a strong and persuasive performance. Biden now leads in nearly every major battleground state, and the Democratic nominee is also threatening to overtake the president in some states Trump won easily in 2016.

Joe Biden in front of a blue wall with the words We the People
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, site of his town hall.
(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
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President Trump talks with voters after an NBC News town hall at Pérez Art Museum Miami.
(Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
President Trump sits on town hall stage across from host
President Trump speaks during an NBC News town hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie at Pérez Art Museum Miami.
(Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Police arrest protesters over the hood of a police cruiser
Police arrest anti-Trump protesters outside the president’s town hall venue in Miami.
(Chandan Khanna / AFP/Getty Images)
Flag-waving Trump supporters line a street.
President Trump supporters gather prior to his arrival in Miami.
(Chandan Khanna / AFP)
A supporters of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden displays
A Joe Biden supporter protests prior to President Trump’s arrival in Miami.
(CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP)
President Trump gestures with both arms while speaking at town hall
President Trump speaks during his town hall event.
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Savannah Guthrie raises a hand while responding to Trump
Moderator Savannah Guthrie speaks during Trump’s town hall event.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press )
President Trump, without a mask, speaks to masked staffers
President Trump is seen during a break in the town hall.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Masked Joe Biden looks at audience at town hall event in front of wall that says the Vice President and the People
Joe Biden and moderator George Stephanopoulos arrive for an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
(Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump gives a thumbs up on stage in front of a wall that says NBC News Trump town hall
President Trump gestures during a break in his town hall.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Joe Biden sits onstage
Joe Biden onstage at his town hall event.
(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
George Stephanopoulos in a mask on stage
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos onstage at Biden’s town hall event.
(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Supporters of President Trump gather in the street prior to his arrival in Miami.
(CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP)
Police arrest supporters
Police arrest supporters of Joe Biden prior to Presidnet Trump’s town hall in Miami.
(CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP )
Police on horseback in front of people being arrested
Protesters are arrested near the Pérez Art Museum Miami, site of Trump’s town hall.
(Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times)
People with Trump flags and Police Lives Matter flags in front of a couple of people with Biden-Harris campaign signs
Supporters of President Trump wave flags at traffic in Miramar, Fla., ahead of a group with Biden-Harris signs.
(Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)
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