CNN To Host Town Hall With Mike Pence

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Diana Glebova White House Correspondent
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CNN is set to host a town hall with former Vice President Mike Pence on June 7, the network announced Thursday.

The event with the possible presidential candidate will be moderated by Dana Bash and will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN said. It is set to air at 9 p.m.

Pence will take questions from Bash and an audience consisting of Republicans and Iowa voters, according to the network. The former vice president has not officially announced his presidential candidacy, but said in a May interview with NBC that he would let the country know “before the month of June is out.”

Pence is polling at an average of 4.7%, putting him in third place behind former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to Real Clear Politics.

The presidential town hall will mark the third such event hosted by CNN. The network’s Kaitlan Collins moderated a town hall with Trump on May 10, and Jake Tapper is scheduled to interview former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on June 4.

During his town hall, Trump fielded questions on topics including Jan. 6, his civil suit, the debt ceiling, abortion, the economy, the southern border, Ukraine and classified documents. He repeatedly got in confrontations with Collins throughout the interview due to the two interrupting each other, ending up with Trump calling her a “nasty person.” (RELATED: Trump Takes The Stage, Faces Voters At CNN Town Hall)

Trump vowed to pardon a “large portion” of those federally charged on Jan. 6 and refused to say whether he would support a federal abortion ban. He also refused to reveal whether he wanted Ukraine or Russia to win the war and said he does not owe Pence an apology for events related to Jan. 6.