Time: Tuesday, October 11th 5:00 pm AZ time — 8:00 pm ET
Tonight will be the first debate of the GOP presidential primary season to focus exclusively on the economy, debt, deficits, taxes, trade and jobs. The debate will be hosted by Dartmouth College, in partnership with Bloomberg Television, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV.
The event will be moderated by Charlie Rose. Panelists will be Washington Post’s political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.
This debate could be defining for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has stumbled badly in previous performances, as Mitt Romney and Herman Cain have surged. Yesterday as Romney was meeting and greeting around New Hampshire, Perry was MIA rehearsing for today’s crucial appearance, while his campaign released a blistering web video attack on Romney. It was tweaked by Romney who said, “there’s a little ad that’s out there today…that’s an example of political “obfuscation and bewilderment.”
Romney has displaced Perry topping recent polls while Cain has secured third place.
A newly released Washington Post-Bloomberg poll indicates 22 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents say Romney would do the most to improve the economy, followed by Herman Cain at 20 percent and Perry at 12 percent. None of the other contenders cracked double digits on the question.
This Harvard-St. Anselm New Hampshire Institutes of Politics poll released yesterday shows Romney (38%) with an 18-point lead over Cain (20%) and Perry dragging bottom with 4%.