TONIGHT: GOP Debate On Economic Issues

Tonight’s third GOP debate on CNBC will focus on economic issues. CNN tells us what to expect:

On Wednesday night, the moderators of the third GOP debate — CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood — will try to add a little more gravitas by focusing on what they view as the most important issue in the race: The economy. “We’re going to go a little deeper into detail and specifics,” Quick told CNN on the eve of the debate, which airs at 8 pm ET from Boulder, Colorado. “I want to try to pin these candidates down on the specifics of their policies, rather than hearing that they like puppies and apple pie.” Many a moderator has promised to keep things on topic, only to be overridden by candidates who are far more concerned with making a lasting impression on voters. And there is a great deal at stake for each candidate this time around, which is likely to turn CNBC’s policy-heavy debate into another contest of egos. “You’d have to be a fool to not expect fireworks,” Quintanilla said. “Just because it’s money doesn’t mean it’s not human.”

I’ll post two open threads tonight, first at 6PM for the undercard debate.