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Jennifer Dauble


Debate Focused on Economic Issues Hosted by CNBC, the Michigan Republican Party and Oakland University

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., October 21, 2011—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced that CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood will moderate “Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate” on Wednesday, November 9th. Hosted by CNBC, the Michigan Republican Party and Oakland University, the debate will be held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and broadcast live on CNBC beginning 8PM ET.

With almost one year to the day before the general election, this debate will be devoted to exploring the candidates’ positions on the critical issues facing voters—jobs, taxes, the deficit and the health of our national economy. Bartiromo and Harwood will be joined by CNBC’s Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money w/Jim Cramer,” and a panel of CNBC experts including CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman, CNBC’s On-Air Editor Rick Santelli and CNBC’s Senior Commodities & Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson, who will also question the candidates about the major policy issues.

"The economy is the key issue in the upcoming election, and as the leader in business news, CNBC has the responsibility to ask the hard-hitting questions and draw out the critical differences in the candidates' plans for economic recovery," said Mark Hoffman, CEO & President, CNBC. "With Maria and John leading this debate along with our high-caliber panel of experts, CNBC will deliver a substantive and stimulating dialogue that challenges the candidates and provides the answers voters deserve."

CNBC’s big night of coverage will kick-off with a special edition of CNBC’s popular show “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” at 6PM ET followed by a pre-debate program, “Your Money, Your Vote,” beginning at 7PM ET and anchored by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla live from the site of the debate. In addition, immediately following the live debate, Quintanilla will be joined by CNBC reporters and guests to highlight and examine many of the issues debated by the candidates. CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, anchor of “The Kudlow Report” (M-F, 7PM ET), will be live from CNBC’s Global Headquarters using his expertise to break down the important issues of the debate and provide analysis of the candidates' debate performance. The post-debate program, also entitled “Your Money, Your Vote,” will broadcast until 11PM ET.

, for the first time, will be offering a complete social TV experience and dedicate its homepage to connecting users around the debate while watching it on CNBC. Beginning 90-minutes prior to the start of the debate, will open its “Speaker’s Corner” live in Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. “Speaker’s Corner” is a live video stream that offers attendees the opportunity to express their unfiltered views/opinions of the candidates and the issues being discussed. First rolled out at the Occupy Wall Street protests, “Speaker’s Corner” will re-open following the conclusion of the debate to capture audience reaction. Throughout the event, will be live blogging about the debate as it unfolds and inviting users to share their thoughts and comments in real-time via social chat. Complete coverage pre and post debate, including an in-depth look at each of the Republican candidates, will be available at

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