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About 90 seconds before the debate, hundreds gave the Democratic candidates a rousing standing ovation at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center.
Brian Williams opened up by mentioning eight U.S. presidents came from Ohio.
Gov. Ted Strickland, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern and Cleveland's mayor strolled across the stage to shake hands with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama before they took their roundtable seats.