JOHNSTON, Iowa (CNN) - As the candidates face off in the debate hall at the Maytag Auditorium in suburban Des Moines, the national political media is watching and reporting on all the action from a media filing center just a few rooms away. And it’s close quarters.
There are far too many reporters, producers, writers and camera operators in a room way too small to hold the crowd. And this media filing center also doubles as a live shot location for our CNN reporters and correspondents from other networks.
The space is also being used as a spin room as well. It’s the smallest debate media filing center space we’ve been in to date, and we’ve been at a record number of presidential debates this year.
It may be cold outside, here in media center, as we sit on top of each other, it’s quite cozy.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser