Debate Preview: What Should We Watch For in Tonight's GOP Debate?

The stage is set tonight for the first of three Republican presidential debates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. President Barack Obama’s upcoming jobs speech will likely focus the debate on the economy and the nation’s high unemployment rate of 9.1%. The debate will include the eight GOP candidates, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is appearing in his first debate.

In anticipation of tonight, political pundits have highlighted several important dynamics to watch for, including: the battle for prominence between Perry and previous front-runner Mitt Romney; Michele Bachmann’s struggle to remain relevant; and the showdown between the two Texans, Perry and Ron Paul.

Question for Debate: Will you tune in for tonight’s debate? If so, what will you be watching and hoping for?

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