NEW YORK — LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 120 million members, is joining Bloomberg and The Washington Post next Tuesday, October 11th at 8pm ET for the first, and perhaps only, debate of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign focused solely on the economy. LinkedIn will tap into their U.S. members, compiling data and insights to help inform questions asked at the debate.

“With over 14 million unemployed Americans, and the unemployment rate averaging at 9.2 percent over the last 12 months, jobs and restarting the economy will be the hot topics of this debate,” said Andrew Morse, head of U.S. television for Bloomberg. “Who better to bring into the conversation than LinkedIn, the company that truly has its finger on the pulse of today’s modern workforce?”

Last week, LinkedIn gave its members an opportunity to participate in a conversation about job creation and putting America back to work during a Town Hall with President Obama. In the coming days, LinkedIn will leverage this platform and community to gauge specific economic topics of interest for the Republican candidate debate. LinkedIn members can participate here:

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be asked questions based exclusively on jobs, debt, deficits, taxes, trade, and other key issues voters deem most important as it pertains to the economy.

The debate, moderated by Charlie Rose, alongside The Washington Post Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, will be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and WBIN-TV in New Hampshire. It will also be available to viewers via livestream on and

Be a part of the Bloomberg/The Washington Post debate conversation on Twitter with #EconDebate and on Facebook at and

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Contact for Bloomberg:

Lauren Meller, +1 212-617-8185,

Contact for LinkedIn:

Hani Durzy, +1 650-605-0829,