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Protesters gather outside GOP Sen. Toomey's town hall

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 31, 2017 6:22 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey, walks through the Capitol. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


(Bethlehem) -- Dozens of protesters have gathered outside a TV station where Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is set to face voters in a town hall.

Protesters are calling the televised town hall a sham, noting the studio audience is limited to 54 people. They say Toomey should meet with a wider range of constituents in a larger venue.

Toomey is taking questions at the PBS station in Bethlehem on Thursday night. It's his second televised town hall since President Donald Trump took office.

His office says Toomey has also held two "telephone town halls," answered questions on social media and met with several groups of protesters since the election.

Toomey, a conservative, was considered to be one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents heading into last November's election but won a narrow victory for his second term.

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