Republican front-runner Donald Trump will be joined on stage Tuesday evening by his wife Melania and children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. as part of a CNN town hall event putting presidential candidates and their families front and center.
Trump and his family will take questions from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper along with New York City audience members ahead of the state’s primary next week. The event will air from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and online through CNNgo.
Trump has relied on his family throughout his campaign with daughter Ivanka, 34, campaigning for her father along with sons Donald Jr., 38, and Eric, 32. Trump’s youngest children, Tiffany, 22, and Barron, 10, will not participate in the event. Trump’s third wife, Melania, has begun playing a larger role in the campaign in recent weeks.
“He’s hard worker, he’s kind. He has a great heart. He’s tough. He’s smart. He’s a great communicator. He’s a great negotiator. He’s telling the truth. He’s a great leader. He’s fair,” Melania Trump said at a campaign event in Milwaukee earlier this month. “When you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich answered questions Monday night during a town hall along with his wife Karen and 16-year-old twin daughters Emma and Reese. Several questions focused on the Kasich family’s home life, with his daughters describing their father’s poor dance moves and lame jokes. Cooper asked Kasich about his campaign’s strategy ahead of New York’s primary.
“Look, for a month I’ve been saying we’re going to a convention and the key is delegate growth,” Kasich said. “And so we’re going to grow delegates. I mean, we’re doing pretty well in New York.”
Trump leads the Republican delegate count with 743 followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 545 and Kasich in a distant third with 143. Candidates need the support of 1,237 delegates to gain the nomination. On the Republican side, 95 delegates are at stake in New York, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will compete for 247 Democratic delegates in the Empire State.
Polls have Trump with a comfortable lead ahead of the New York primary. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Trump with 55 percent support followed by Kasich with 20 percent and Cruz with 19 percent. Only 6 percent of Republican voters remain undecided. The poll surveyed 550 likely Republican primary voters between April 6 and 11 with a 4.2 percent margin of error.
Cruz and his wife Heidi will participate in a town hall event Wednesday evening on CNN. Their young daughters, Catherine and Caroline, will not take part in the event.