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The Business Debate, Coming October 9

If you’re feeling like every Republican debate has had the same dozen questions so far – Iraq, war on terror, interrogation techniques, Iran, gay marriage, abortion, tax cuts – the CNBC debate on Oct. 9 from Dearborn, Michigan will focus on mainly business and economic issues, with the theme of globalization and its effect on industry.

If we’re going to have a zillion debates, the organizers might as well specialize. One communications/message guy with one of the leading campaigns told me, “It feels like we’ve got a very stale repertoire, round-up-the-usual-suspects of questions. We’re having national debates that just happen to be held in New Hampshire or Iowa. Have we had one question about farm policy? I’d like to hear the candidates talk about preserving the Everglades while in Florida or some other issue that the locals are passionate about.”

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