Bloomberg & The Washington Post Present 1st GOP Economic Debate

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New Hampshire Debate To Air on Bloomberg Television and WBIN-TV and Stream Live at washingtonpost.com/debate; Peter G. Peterson Foundation Serves as Broadcast Sponsor

NEW YORK -- Next Tuesday, October 11th at 8pm ET, Bloomberg and The Washington Post, in partnership with WBIN-TV and host Dartmouth College, will present the first debate of the 2012 campaign focused solely on the economy.

With the nation facing sustained high unemployment as well as concern over deficits, weak growth and a possible double-dip recession, the Bloomberg/Washington Post debate will devote the entire program to a substantive exploration of the candidates’ specific plans for national economic recovery -- in the state that will host the first Presidential primary a few months from now.

The October 11th debate will be moderated by Charlie Rose, Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg TV White House correspondent Julianna Goldman. 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 participate in the live debate at Dartmouth College.

The candidates will outline their economic and job creation proposals in a unique format: seated side-by-side at a round table facing the hosts and surrounded by audience members. This format will facilitate serious and substantive debate on issues of vital importance to the country.

This is the first debate for Bloomberg, the global leader in financial data and information, and kicks off Bloomberg Television’s comprehensive “Economy Election” coverage, featuring a robust line-up of reporters and commentators uniquely positioned to focus on the election’s most pressing issues - jobs and the economy. As part of the special 2012 campaign coverage, Bloomberg Television is pleased to announce that former Senator John Sununu Jr. (R-NH) and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd have joined the Bloomberg team to provide insight and analysis of the debate and duration of the election cycle.

The debate, which will be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and WBIN-TV in New Hampshire, will be available to viewers across multiple digital platforms including via livestream on Bloomberg.com, washingtonpost.com/debate and Bloomberg Mobile.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (PGPF), a non-partisan organization established by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson to foster a deeper national dialogue on fiscal solutions, will serve as the exclusive broadcast sponsor for the first Republican primary debate on the economy. The Peterson Foundation is sponsoring the debate as part of a broader initiative to generate a bipartisan discussion of our nation’s long-term economic and fiscal challenges throughout the 2012 presidential election.

Users can follow live blogs from Bloomberg View editors Michael Kinsley and Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg.com/election and The Washington Post’s The Fix at washingtonpost.com/thefix. Visit washingtonpost.com and Bloomberg.com/election for in-depth coverage of the candidates’ economic policy proposals, as well as profiles of the candidates, behind-the-scene debate previews and special analysis from BGOV, Bloomberg’s comprehensive source for quantifying the business impact of government action.

Leading up to the debate, The Washington Post will invite readers to send in photographs of how the economy is affecting their town using Instagram and pose questions in Quora about the issues that matter most to them. In addition to live-blogging and continuous analysis from The Fix’s Chris Cillizza, readers can expect in-depth debate coverage and original video from Chief Correspondent Dan Balz, the Fact Checker’s Glenn Kessler, Ezra Klein, Karen Tumulty and others. Instant debate highlights will be also be available on The Washington Post iPad App. As the political hub for 2012 elections coverage, The Post will continue to provide comprehensive coverage throughout the 2012 campaigns.

Beginning Tuesday morning, Bloomberg Television will be live from Dartmouth campus, with anchors Margaret Brennan, Tom Keene and Washington executive editor Al Hunt reporting on the latest job numbers, the unemployment rate and examining the candidate’s economic proposals with input from Dartmouth students and New Hampshire business leaders. At 7pm ET on October 11th, Tom Keene and Margaret Brennan will host a special debate preview with Bloomberg TV analyst Matthew Dowd and Bloomberg TV contributor and Dartmouth economics professor Danny Blanchflower, among other special guests.

Bloomberg Radio will be live from 5am ET on October 11th on location from Dartmouth College with “Bloomberg Surveillance” hosts Ken Prewitt and Tom Keene. Tune into Bloomberg Radio at WBBR 1130 AM in the New York metro area and Sirius XM channels 113 for a simulcast with complete coverage of the special debate preview and entire debate beginning at 7 pm ET.

Be a part of the Bloomberg/The Washington Post debate conversation on Twitter with #EconDebate and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bloombergtelevision and http://facebook.com/washingtonpost.

Learn more about the debate here: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/76202680/

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