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A critical first test of grassroots support for Republican presidential candidates coming up this weekend in the Iowa straw poll but first.
Those candidates get the chance to speak directly to voters in a debate you can see tomorrow night right here on Fox News Channel.
Byron York will be one of those on the panel asking them questions He is chief political correspondent for the Washington examiner.
And a Fox News contributor I know you don't want -- you know telegraph your your questions in advance.
But -- was just talking about jobs that seems to be question one among the chatters and I'm guessing.
-- that's going to be a big topic when that debate starts on.
Well absolutely of course the questions themselves have been locked away with the accounting firm price Waterhouse and all of that stuff but that we're going to be asking about the key issues of the day.
And is to do what a Newsweek it is then so they're gonna do this we may be asking about things that have even happened yet.
So we're certainly gonna cover the issues that the the public is most concerned about.
You know looking back the president spent much of the first year in office first eighteen months in office getting this this healthcare thing passed it it was his signature achievement and yet.
You know you've you've got the job situation in this country I'm guessing that most of these Republicans.
Are going to be trying to address that.
-- absolutely when you I've been traveling in the last couple days with Michelle Bachmann and with governor Tim Pawlenty.
And then that's what they're -- I mean there there there hitting Obama hard -- On his failures and the economy on the unemployment rate on the debt.
And on not falling Dow Jones average I mean that that's what people want to talk about.
The stock market obviously -- this swing is.
This week have been monumental and you know we'll see where it closes today but at last report it was down significantly around 400 points -- so.
Presidents don't don't run the stock market though.
Well -- they don't but that doesn't give candidates from blaming him for intend.
There's certainly including that.
In their list of complaints and and it's basically it could be summarized by.
By Mitt Romney is line which is the President Obama inherited a bad economy and he's made it worse I mean they're all.
Pretty much saying that as they travel around Iowa.
And that everybody's going to be trying to stand out right I mean that's that's the name of the game especially before this first big political test of the -- They they really are party officials here tell me they have never seen a race that is so influx.
At this time and that they believe that the fox debate tomorrow night is going to be extremely.
Import and as people watch it try to.
Decide who they're really going -- and each candidate is trying to make a unique appeal.
Michelle Bachmann her energy and temple -- is experience all these things.
But people to be watching very closely because they haven't made up their minds well.
Some of those candidates could fall by the wayside as a result of what happens on Thursday we'll see Byron York has a front row seat.
You can see all the action for yourself fire ends with -- Washington examiner and thanks for being with -- -- and you can watch the presidential debate live.
Ames Iowa tomorrow night 9 PM eastern time right here on Fox News Channel it will also be streaming live for you on foxnews.com.
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