JOE Biden was not asked a single question during his Thursday night town hall about new allegations put forward claiming his son Hunter Biden was selling access to his then vice-president father.
The Democratic presidential nominee was asked a series of questions regarding how Donald Trump was handling subjects like the coronavirus pandemic and the economy – and how he would do differently as president.
However, missing from his Thursday night town hall that aired on ABC News were questions from town hall participants and moderator George Stephanopoulos about new documents published in the New York Post alleging his Biden's son Hunter was selling access to his father to Chinese companies.
Biden's town hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was his first televised interview since the documents were made public. The president also held a town hall during the same time.
Emails made public give the impression Hunter had set up a meeting between his father and a Ukrainian executive at Burisma – the company Hunter had been working for at the time.
Other documents may reveal Hunter had attempted to secure a deal with a Chinese energy company he wrote would be of interest to "my family."
Also leaked in the documents include a video of Hunter allegedly smoking crack during a sex act.
Just two weeks before the presidential election, Biden's campaign has repeatedly denied he or his son had done anything wrong following the leaked documents.
Although news of the New York Post's story spread through political circles after it was published Wednesday, it saw limited access on Facebook and Twitter after both social media giants said they were mitigating its spread on their platforms.
The Post claims the documents came from a damaged MacBook Pro belonging to Hunter that had been dropped off at a Trump-supporting computer repairman in Biden's Delaware home state.
The repairman, John Paul MacIsaac, 44, handed over the laptop to the FBI and leaked the contents to Rudy Giuliani, stating he was afraid he would be murdered as "a guy who had something he wanted out of this shop."
Giuliani's lawyer Bob Costello said there are some 40,000 emails on the hard drive, thousands of texts, and images of Hunter "in very compromising positions."
During Thursday night's town hall, Biden skirted around questions of fracking, but admitted he was open to packing the courts should Amy Coney Barrett be voted into the Supreme Court.
"I'm open to considering what happens from that point on," Biden said during the town hall.
During a long volley of questions between Biden, Stephanopoulos and a town hall participant, Biden seemed to tacitly agree to packing the court should Barrett's hearings see her favorably appointed to the Supreme Court.
Biden also expressed disappointment with Barrett's hearings.
"My reading online what the judge said was she didn’t answer very many questions at all," Biden said Thursday night. "And I don’t even think she’s laid out much of a judicial philosophy in terms of the basis in which she thinks."
"Packing the court" was a slang term coined during President Franklin D Roosevelt's administration after he proposed legislation to add up to six Supreme Court justices for every sitting justice over the age of 70 years and six months.
His running mate Kamala Harris has also said she is open to packing the court, however, Biden added during the town hall he was not a "fan" of court-packing.
Earlier in the townhall, Biden said millions of lives would be saved and the country would not go through a lockdown if everyone simply wore masks.
"If you wear this mask, you'll save more lives between now and the end of the year when then if we had a vaccine," Biden said.
"If you listen to the head of the CDC, he stood up and he said you know while we're waiting for a vaccine – and he held up a mask," Biden said at the townhall while raising his mask into the air. "Then if we had a vaccine."
"It's estimated by every major study done from the University of Washington to Columbia that if in fact we wore masks, we could save between now and the end of the year 100,000 lives," Biden continued.
Stephanopoulos interjected, asking "And avoid lockdowns?"
"And avoid lockdown yes," Biden said. "You don't have to lock down if you're wearing the mask."
The former vice president blasted the president for not doing enough to save the more than 210,000 Americans who had died due to Covid-19.
"Trump talks about things that aren't accurate," Biden said in regards to the potential coronavirus vaccine. "If we wear masks, we could save more lives."
During Trump's town hall, aired on NBC in Miami, Florida, the president dodged questions on whether he actually did take a Covid-19 test prior to their debate.
"I don't know. I don't even remember," he said when the moderator Savannah Guthrie pressed him for an answer. "Possibly I did, possibly I didn't."
Biden also blasted the president for not taking a coronavirus test during their first debate, and said he will demand Trump take one before their next one.
"Before I came up here, I took another test," Biden said. "I've been taking it every day, the deep test, you know, the one, they go in both."
"Because I wanted to be able to – if I had not passed that test, I didn't want to come here and not expose anybody," he added.
Biden continued: "I'm less concerned about me, but the people, the guys with the cameras, the people working in the, you know, the secret service guys you drive up with, all those people."
At Trump's town hall, the president said "yes I will" when asked by Guthrie if he would "accept a peaceful transfer" of power.
"You can win a race by one percent," Trump said. "I want it to be clean. I really feel like we're going to win … I spent three and a half years fighting off these maniacs."
Nearing the end of the town hall, Stephanopoulos asked Biden what it would mean about the United States should he lose the election.
"Well it could say that I’m lousy candidate and I didn't do a good job," Biden said.
"But, I think, I hope that it doesn't say that we are as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the President wants us to be," he continued.
"So whether I am a defeated candidate for president back teaching or I am elected president, it is a major element of everything that I am about, because it reflects who we are as a nation," Biden concluded.
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