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Sunday's debate holds unique challenges

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Kate Lunger is the vice president of CNN’s special events.

"When you ask how big it is, every city we go to is big,” Lunger said. “The fact that it happens to be here and the story that's attached to it, is actually part of it."

Lunger knows all too well about big productions like the debate in Flint between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

By her own admission, Sunday’s debate is a bit of a rush job.

"Having to scramble and working with the Whiting that have been fabulous it's a challenge," Lunger said.

The debate is being hosted at Whiting Auditorium in Flint.

“We bring in shows once a week here and transform the stage, but this was a week-long effort,” said Jarrett Hayes, Whiting Auditorium executive director.

Audience members will be able to ask questions and be part of the debate.

"It looks different where ever we go if you look at some of the others it's the same basic picture but this is different,” Lunger said. “We are going to have people in the audience asking questions as part of our debate which is more like a town hall feeling. So we had to restage how it looks up there. It's two people, rather than larger debates we've had.”

Sunday’s ticket is the hottest around and even Hayes is overwhelmed.

“I've heard from a lot of people I haven't heard from in a couple of years but we hold fast and true to our contractual obligations,” Hayes said.

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