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Buzz building in Detroit for GOP debate

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 03, 2016

With the Republican Presidential debate in Detroit, the area around Fox Theater is busy with media from all over the country.

Father Steven Kelly didn't have to go far to see all the buzz. The parking lot near his church is filled with news trucks.

"Big political debate like this is bringing all sorts of international and national media so it's fun to see everybody setting up," he said. "Cars starting to appear early afternoon for a debate that doesn't even happen until 9."

Across the street, Hockeytown closed for business to so serve as media headquarters.

Parking is a premium and streets will be busy  around Fox Theater.

Some of Father Kelly parishioners are skipping the debate and having a movie night instead.

"We planned about three months ago to show the Passion of the Christ for lent and so my parishioners are coming to watch a movie at the same time as the debate," Father Kelly said.

Some locals are hoping this debate will show Detroit in a positive light.

Michael Bens explained, "It makes me proud to be from Michigan. I've spent a lot of time in Detroit, mostly at Comerica Park."

Sandy Johnson said, "It's pretty exciting we get the debate in downtown Detroit."

Some hope the moderators will ask the candidates questions that impact Michigan.

Karen Campeotto explained, "It's a horrible thing what those Flint people are going through. Dirty water, you can't bathe you can't drink it of course they should talk about it."