The moderators of Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee are hoping to deliver something serious but not dull, tough but not snarky, compelling but not stagy.
"I'm not interested in a fight. I'm interested in a conversation about moving the needle on growth, about moving the needle on jobs," says Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network anchor.
"This will be the fourth debate and we still don't have a clear idea how these guys plan to deal with the most important issue on voters' minds — and that is jobs," she says.
After a firestorm over the last GOP debate on CNBC on Oct. 28, the rival Fox financial network hopes to put its own stamp on the debate season.
The network has run ads jabbing CNBC for not asking "the real questions" and is promising to deliver Tuesday "the real debate on our economy."
Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto says "there were lot of very fine questions in (the CNBC) debate" but that viewers didn't feel like they got the meaty economic discussion they expected.
There will be "only" eight GOP candidates in the two-hour prime time debate at the Milwaukee Theatre. That is still a big number. But it could make the conversation more manageable after debates that have featured 10 or 11 people on stage competing for scarce talking time.continue at JS