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Republicans get set for roundtable debate in New Hampshire: Questions about the economy only, please

by Patt Morrison

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Republican presidential candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney laugh during the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on Sept. 22 in Orlando, Florida. They'll face off again in New Hampshire, Oct. 11. Pool/Getty Images

Republican Presidential candidates converge on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire next week for another debate—this time focusing exclusively on the economy and job creation. New Hampshire could host the first GOP primary contest as soon as early January.

The latest CNN aggregate of national polls has former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leading the pack with support from 20% of likely Republican primary voters. Romney is followed by pizza entrepreneur Herman Cain at 17%, with Texas governor Rick Perry coming in third, at 15%.

The three top contenders will be at the Bloomberg/Washington Post debate October 11 at 5pm Pacific Time. Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will also participate.

WEIGH IN:

What questions do you want to hear Republican hopefuls address? And with foreign policy and social issues off the table, who will perform best?

Guest:

Lisa Lerer, congressional correspondent for Bloomberg News; she will be covering the debate for Bloomberg

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