ABC silent after Biden town hall attendees identified as ex-Obama speechwriter, wife of prominent Democrat
ABC is keeping silent amid growing criticism of its town hall with Joe Biden after two of the attendees who asked the Democratic nominee questions were identified as an Obama speechwriter and the wife of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat.
One of the questioners was Nathan Osburn, who worked for the Office of Public Affairs at the Commerce Department under the Obama-Biden administration and at the Small Business Administration.
Osburn’s profession was listed as “communications” on a graphic and his home city was listed as Philadelphia.
Pressed repeatedly by @GStephanopoulos on his position on court packing, Joe Biden says, “I’m not a fan … it depends on how this turns out,” adding that it depends on how Republicans handle the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. https://t.co/JEyTOkB6qk pic.twitter.com/rpcrzh5aRO
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2020
Another questioner was Mieke Haeck, who ABC identified as a physical therapist from State College, Pa.
Haeck is also the wife of Ezra Nanes, who in 2018 ran for Pennsylvania state Senate Republican Majority Leader Jake Corman. Nanes is currently an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee.
Nanes praised his wife’s appearance at the town hall on Twitter.
“Our children and I are so proud of our @MiekeHaeck for her courage in asking this question of @JoeBiden and so grateful to our next President for his caring and decisive answer in support of transgender and all LGBTQ people,” Nanes wrote.
Our children and I are so proud of our @MiekeHaeck for her courage in asking this question of @JoeBiden and so grateful to our next President for his caring and decisive answer in support of transgender and all LGBTQ people. https://t.co/zvDlO9c2Tl
— Ezra Nanes (@EzraNanes) October 16, 2020
When reached for comment, ABC News directed Fox News to statements by town hall moderator George Stephanopoulos at the beginning of the event.
“Some are voting for [Biden], some have said they’re voting for President Trump, some are still undecided, and we’re going to try to take questions from as many as we can tonight,” Stephanopoulos told viewers.
ABC News declined additional comment.
Fox News reached out to the Biden campaign, Osburn and Haeck for comment and did not immediately receive a response.
Stephanopoulos, who was previously a communications director for the Bill Clinton White House, was also criticized for failing to ask Joe Biden about the explosive New York Post report about Hunter Biden, his overseas business dealings and their potential connection to his father, then-Vice President Biden.
More Top Stories
Street protests broke out on Monday night in the western part of the U.S. city of Philadelphia, injuring four police, after police had shot and …read more
With just a week to go until the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will criss-cross the country on Tuesday in …read more
Tropical storm Zeta was poised to turn into a hurricane and pound Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula late on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, …read more
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a U.S. government request to drop Donald Trump as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a writer who …read more
U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday following the benchmark S&P 500’s worst day in a month as investors parsed through a deluge of …read more