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So is this a public town hall -- something Ryan hasn’t done in nearly two years?
Well, you can’t just show up and expect to get in. But there is public access.
Let’s back up.
While the Republican’s primary job might be leading the House of Representatives, he’s also, of course, a congressman representing a single district -- which means he has to run for re-election every two years.
Union leader and iron worker Randy Bryce, a Democrat who is challenging Ryan in 2018, has made an issue of Ryan not holding public town halls in the southern Wisconsin district.
In July 2017, Bryce claimed Ryan "has not had a public town hall within the district for over 600 days."
We rated the statement Mostly True.
We found that the last public, in-person town hall that Ryan held had occurred more than 600 days earlier. It was in October 2015, shortly before his colleagues elected him speaker.
Ryan turned to holding town halls with limited public access -- including telephone town halls and forums held in private workplaces. He has said he wants to reach out to constituents without them going into a "harassing environment."
So, what about the CNN town hall?
It is being held at the Racine Theatre Guild, in Racine, Wis., which is in Ryan’s district.
And members of the public can apply to attend, though CNN ultimately determines who gets in.
Members of the public will get to ask questions.
PolitiFact Wisconsin, "Challenger mostly on target with claim that Paul Ryan has gone 600 days without a town hall meeting," July 21, 2017
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Ryan to hold first town hall in nearly two years and these priests want to be there," Aug. 16, 2017