CLEVELAND, Ohio (WANE) – As thousands of people descend on Cleveland for the first primetime debate of the GOP presidential candidates, local folks are excited to see their city showcased on the national stage.
Mike Ettorree grew up in Cleveland and is a democrat, but wanted to come down to Quicken Loans Arena Thursday afternoon to see the spectacle surrounding the debate.
“We always seem to have such a downer mentality, but to have such a spotlight on the city I think is really cool and it deserves it. There’s a lot of good things going on in this city that aren’t always highlighted,” Ettorree said.
Most of the people around the area during the day Thursday were media, but at one point there was a caravan of cars assembled in Ohio with signs reading “Democrats saved our jobs” on the sides driving around the arena. The members of the UAW who were driving the cars said it was, in part, a message to all the republicans in town.