Economic issues will be the focus of the next televised GOP presidential debate, which will be held Oct. 28 at the University of Colorado in Boulder and broadcast on CNBC. CNBC's debate titled "Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy" will address jobs, taxes, the deficit and the national economy. The network will moderate the debate.
"Presidential elections are often won or lost based on core economic positions, understandings and values," said Mark Hoffman, CNBC chairman, in a statement. "Our nation's economy and place in the world, job growth, entrepreneurship and the pursuit of the American dream live at the very center of CNBC's mission each day and will be the centerpiece of our line of focused questioning at this debate.
More than 3 million Americans watched CNBC's 2011 Republican primary debate, giving the channel its top ratings since 1997. The debate, which will be at the university's Coors Events Center, is the first to be held on a college campus this election season.
"We are delighted to host the first of the Republican presidential candidate debates to be held on a university campus," said Philip P. DiStefano, the chancellor of University of Colorado Boulder. "We have a long history at CU-Boulder of hosting high-profile visitors who bring exciting and engaging opportunities for our students and community to hear a variety of viewpoints. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with CNBC and feel this debate will be a memorable experience for our students and the entire community."
After Colorado, there's the GOP debate scheduled for Dec. 15 in Nevada, Feb. 6 in New Hampshire, Feb. 13 in South Carolina, and Feb. 26 in Houston.
Democrats have organized debates for Oct. 13 in Nevada, Nov. 14 in Iowa, Dec. 19 in New Hampshire and Jan. 17 in South Carolina. Florida and Wisconsin are expected to host debates in February and March.