(NEWSER) – The Republicans debate again Wednesday night, with a field still big enough to require two events. The undercard is at 6pm Eastern on CNBC (Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham), followed by the main event at 8pm on the same network with the remaining 10. (Their rankings, according to cumulative polls: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul.) Given that CNBC is a business news network, expect a heavy focus on economic issues, notes USA Today. Some things to watch:
- Trump vs. Carson: Trump has lost his lead to Carson in the latest polls (though he still leads cumulatively), which means "the Donald will be looking to tear him down," notes Slate. Will Carson's cool demeanor crack now that he's a bigger target as a front-runner?
- Which Bush? He has the "most at stake by far," says Mike Allen of Politico, and he needs a strong night to convince backers he's still their guy. The question is whether the Bush who shows up will be the relatively subdued Bush of the first two debates or more forceful.
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