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November 09, 2011

Republicans Debate Tonight

Eight Republicans take the stage in Michigan tonight at 8 p.m. ET for their ninth presidential debate.

Politico: "When the GOP presidential candidates meet in Michigan Wednesday for a CNBC debate on the economy, they'll no longer be looking to make a first impression. With less than two months to go before the Iowa caucuses, there's a much more urgent objective: survival... With the exception of frontrunner Mitt Romney -- and perhaps Ron Paul, the libertarian congressman whose devoted base of support never really diminishes or grows -- nearly every candidate in the race is almost one misstep away from political death."

The AP notes the field "will gather just outside Detroit, a city whose fortunes have fallen with the decline of the American auto industry." Each of the candidates "say they wouldn't have offered government loans to save two of the three U.S. auto giants. It's a position that may play well in a GOP primary, where a conservative electorate and tea party backers are calling for less federal spending. But the stance could alienate independent voters - critical players in close general elections."


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