The third GOP debate in Boulder, Colorado is just hours away, and candidates better hope that they are prepared to deliver substantive answers to detailed questions. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood will be moderating tonight’s "Your Money, Your Vote" debate, focusing on a multitude of economic issues, ranging from tax reform to trade prerogatives. While some candidates have been very policy driven, others have steered away from details and have preferred to draw attention to grandiose concepts and abstractions. Tonight’s showcase will force each candidate to reveal his or her policy specifics.
As the moderators have advocated for substance above sound-bites, it will be interesting to see if experienced Establishment candidates like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie can dominate the ‘outsiders’ who may lack the same government-related financial knowledge. Additionally, as Ben Carson creeps up on Donald Trump in the polls and even passes him in some, Marco Rubio faces charges from Floridians to drop his Senate seat, and John Kasich swears to drop his nice-guy demeanor and finally go after Trump and Carson, this debate has the potential to be a wild ride.
The first forum will feature candidates polling below 3% and above 1% in a certain group of national polls and will begin at 5PM Central time. Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham will all be present. The second, primary forum will kick off at 7PM and will feature those GOP candidates polling above 3%. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul will all face off on the main stage for two hours.
What are your expectations for tonight’s GOP debate?