Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump faced a rare grilling from ordinary Americans in a televised town hall.
Today it was Joe Biden’s turn.
The former vice president popped up for his own town hall on CNN, having largely avoided such events since he wrapped up the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination months ago.
The coronavirus pandemic dominated the discussion, just as it did during Mr Trump’s appearance on Tuesday.
Moderator Anderson Cooper brought up the President’s explanation for why he “played down” the threat of the virus in its early months. Mr Trump told journalist Bob Woodward he did not want to “create a panic”.
“Could you see a scenario where you downplay critical information so as not to cause panic?” Cooper asked Mr Biden.
“Not at all. The idea that you’re going to not tell people what you’ve been told – that this virus is incredibly…