GOP Debate: Weak Economy Takes Center Stage Tonight

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Washington Politics

Jeff Cox
CNBC
November 9, 2011

ROCHESTER, Mich. — High unemployment, a teetering economy, and Europe on the brink sets a daunting backdrop for Wednesday’s debate for a Republican presidential field without a clear leader.

Oh, and throw in some saucy allegations of sexual misconduct against one of the leading candidates and it adds up to what should be an eventful night.

The GOP race thus far has amounted to a carousel of flavors-of-the-week, with voters unsure whether to pick quick-witted businessmen, dapper ex-governors, or darlings of the Tea Party right.

CNBC is moderating the debate at Oakland University, which is nestled in a tony suburb that both supported President Obama in 2008 and, two years later, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has waged war with the state’s labor unions.

The debates have become fairly pedestrian affairs as of late, but as many as five sexual harassment allegations against front-runner Herman Cain could change that.

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