— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
At the entrance to the auditorium, ushers were giving away for free Tavis Smiley's, "The Covenant in Action," a companion to Covenant with Black America.
And if you didn't know it was free by the guys giving it away, Smiley reminded you. He took the stage about 45 minutes before the debate, grabbed the mic -- book in hand -- and said, "For all those with tickets, we're giving complimentary Covenant in Action books. Be sure to pick up a copy."
About 10 minutes later, someone else took the stage, asked audience members to shut their phones off and then said, "Anyone who'd like to stay for the taping of Tavis' Friday night talk show is welcome to stay."
The taping starts an hour after the forum.
You think any candidates going to stick around?