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Debate has big impact on CLE

City and RNC prepping for first GOP debate. (Source: WOIO) City and RNC prepping for first GOP debate. (Source: WOIO)

For those of you who weren't around downtown Wednesday, it kind of feels a little like the NBA Finals that were just here back in June. The buzz, the set up and the money, all good things for our city.
 
The prep work in and around the Q is in high gear. Police starting to barricade off areas around the arena to control traffic and possible protesters.

The people at Destination Cleveland compare this national stage to the NBA Playoffs, with a chance to continue to tell the resurging Cleveland story. National media have taken over Huron in front of the Q, and are setting up in other areas around downtown like East 4th.

Now it's time to talk money. From private jets at Burke LakeFront, to hotels and restaurants. Stop and think for a second when you picture
a debate stage with 10 podiums. All these candidates have large staffs who will be here hoping to get their candidate out front.

Most are staying in downtown hotels which we are told are at capacity. That's close to four thousand rooms. Many restaurants,  like the Hard Rock Café will host private watch debate parties for national groups like the Christian Coalition of America.

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