More 2020 Democrats May Seek Fox News Airtime After Bernie Sanders' Town Hall

A ratings bonanza for Bernie Sanders' Fox News town hall Monday night has apparently led other 2020 presidential candidates to consider taking a page from the Vermont senator's playbook.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, drew more viewers to conservative Fox News than he did to other town hall–style events on CNN and MSNBC, according to The Daily Beast.

According to Nielsen ratings, Sanders' event in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, drew more than 2.5 million viewers, which far surpassed his CNN and MSNBC stints.

According to The Daily Beast report, the Sanders town hall drew approximately 489,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 on Monday night—roughly the same as CNN (281,000) and MSNBC (208,000) combined in the same time frame.

This comes after the Democratic National Committee banned Fox News from hosting any of its planned debates. But this was before Sanders bucked the trend Monday night.

After the big night by Sanders, other Democratic 2020 hopefuls have reached out to Fox for a town hall. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is in talks with Fox, according to The Daily Beast, as are Representatives Eric Swalwell and Tim Ryan, and Julian Castro, who as the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, governed one of the largest cities in a red sta

"He's been a red state mayor and has always campaigned hard for every single vote on both sides of the aisle and will do the same thing in his campaign for president of the United States because everybody counts," said Jennifer Fiore, a senior adviser to the Castro campaign.

Before Sanders' town hall and other candidates' interest in a similar event, the Democratic National Committee said it would not hold any of its debates on Fox.

Fox News has asked the DNC to rethink its decision.

"We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate," Fox News' senior vice president and D.C. managing editor said. "They're the best debate team in the business, and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters."

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