Gallery: CNN Plants a Big Footprint in Detroit Before Democratic Debates

July 28, 2019, 4:58 PM by  Allan Lengel

(Photos: Allan Lengel)

CNN made its presence known in downtown Detroit on a muggy Sunday, days before the Democratic presidential debates at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The entire parking lot in front of Comerica Park was filled with a makeshift stage and white canopies for live interviews on CNN's Sunday shows. Guests included Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib.

Across the street, the double marquee at the Fox Theatre read "CNN Democratic Presidential Debates," and next door at the Hockeytown Cafe, signs displayed "CNN America's Choice 2020."

A block over, at The Fillmore Detroit, the marquee read "Michigan for Pete." Volunteers congregated outside around 4 p.m. in preparation for a 6 p.m. rally inside.

A few blocks south, flyers posted on walls and trash cans along Woodward support candidate Andrew Yang.

The pair of CNN-sponsored debates among 20 Democrats (10 each night) begin Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Our advance coverage also includes Deadline Detroit’s debates-watch drinking game.


A rally for Mayor Pete Buttigieg was set for Sunday evening.

These flyers are plastered in downtown Detroit.




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