MSNBC “Candidate Event” To Feature All Presidential Hopefuls But Ted Cruz

Lisa de Moraes

MSNBC will host “candidate events” with four presidential candidates on Wednesday — one night after CNN hosts a town hall with the three GOP hopefuls. Yes, it’s come to that.

MSNBC’s event will include GOP candidates John Kasich and Donald Trump and Dem candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and begins at 7 PM ET. Missing from the list: GOP hopeful Ted Cruz. MSNBC said it has invited all candidates to participate.

Here’s how the candidate catnip is being parsed out:

At 7 PM, Chuck Todd moderates a town hall with Ohio governor Kasich in Queens, NY. At 8, Chris Matthews moderates a town hall with Trump in Green Bay, WI. At 9, Rachel Maddow sits down for another interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont senator Sanders for back-to-back extended interviews on a special edition of The Rachel Maddow Show.

Back in October, Maddow landed Clinton’s first interview after her 11-hour Benghazi Committee Hearing appearance – a hearing that landed MSNBC an 86% spike in primetime overall audience (1.4M viewers) and a 56% jump in the news demo (233K).

The night before MSNBC’s candidate-fest, CNN’s Anderson Cooper is moderating a town hall with Kasich, Trump and Cruz.

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