We are just a few hours away from the Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican economic debate. Below are some behind-the-scenes photos of preparation efforts, which started early this morning.

Leading up to this critical debate focused on our nation’s economic recovery, Bloomberg and The Washington Post polled Republicans and Republican-leaning independents to gauge their stance on the candidates. The poll revealed that Mitt Romney maintains the overall lead in his appeal in popularity, and businessman Herman Cain isn’t too far behind. Twenty-four percent voted Romney as the lead candidate with Cain in second place at 16 percent.  Asked which candidate would do the most to improve the economy, 22 percent said Romney, 20 percent Cain, and 12 percent Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Watch the debate live at 8PM ET on Bloomberg TV (to find the BTV station in your area, use the channel finder) or via livestream. Also follow live blogs from Bloomberg View editors Michael Kinsley and Francis Wilkinson here.



 Bloomberg TV Team