What Bret Baier Has Planned for This Evening’s Clinton/Sanders Town Hall

It will be Clinton's first appearance on Fox News since 2014.

When Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sit down tonight with Bret Baier, the trio will be marking a pair of firsts: it will be the first Democratic town hall this cycle hosted by the network, and Clinton’s first appearance on Fox News since 2014.

On the Democratic side, it was Sanders who initially opened the door to this idea, alluding to a willingness to participate in a Fox News-hosted event during an interview last month on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Sanders would go on to agree to do this evening’s town hall. Clinton had initially declined an invitation to partipate, citing a scheduling conflict that her team apparently resolved this past Friday, allowing Clinton to join Sanders.

Speaking to sister site TVNewser, Baier tells Mark Joyella the network isn’t quite sure what led Clinton to agree to go on the show.

“I don’t know exactly what happened. They changed their mind,” Baier said. Following the Fox News Republican presidential debate Thursday night, “we got word on Friday they were reconsidering. And right before my show on Friday…they were locked in.”

The questions the candidates tackle tonight will be a combination of Baier’s own as well as vetted questions from undecided voters from his Michigan audience.

You can probably expect something about the State Department emails, according to what Baier told Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton. “We’ll see how it flows. I would imagine it would come up. It is one of the major things hanging over the back of the Democratic race,” he said.

Each candidate gets 30 minutes with Baier and the audience, but Baier hopes his hour with the Democratic candidates is the opening to more appearances by Clinton and Sanders on the network, rather than a novel one-off.

The 6 p.m. ET town hall will be available as a free, fully accessible live stream on FOXNews.com.