Republican Presidential Debate At Oakland University

ROCHESTER (WWJ) – All eight Republican presidential contenders are expected at a debate on the Oakland University campus Wednesday night. It’s sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party.

The candidates are expected to talk about jobs and the economy.

The economy is supposed to be the focus, but Herman Cain’s personal problems will loom large over Wednesday night’s presidential debate.

It’s the first time the GOP field will meet since accusations of sexual impropriety surfaced against the former business executive.

Republican operatives say Romney and the other candidates stand to benefit politically from the Cain distraction. But Michigan Republicans fear they’ll lose an opportunity to highlight their state’s economic problems.

All eight Republican candidates have agreed on one thing:  They all opposed the government loans to General Motors and Chrysler. Both automakers ended up filing for bankruptcy protection.

The debate will take place before a live audience of Oakland University students and invited guests. The debate will air on CNBC. Stay tuned as WWJ covers the debate throughout the evening.

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