The focus of this debate is the economy.
Ben Carson could face some tough questions tonight about his past, and two candidates are vying for a key endorsement.
The scene is being set at the historic Milwaukee Theater ahead of tonight’s debate –
With Donald Trump and Ben Carson center stage.
Trump, going after Carson and Marco Rubio at a late night rally in Illinois. “These are people with no experience, these are people that never met a payroll,” said Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate.
Carson faces tough questions over claims about his past.
He says the media’s been tougher on him than anyone. “They do have an actual vendetta or at least an agenda against some of these candidates,” said RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus.
But Carson’s opponents insist, you’ve got to be able to take the heat. “We are responsible for the personal stories we tell about our lives,” said Chris Christie, (R) Presidential Candidate.
“I’m thinking, ‘Pal, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” said Mike Huckabee, (R) Presidential Candidate.
“I’m honored to be here with Scott Walker,” said Jeb Bush, (R) Presidential Candidate.
Already in Milwaukee, both Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are courting the state’s governor, and former candidate Scott Walker.
NBC has learned Rubio met with Walker last night. “We still have time to get this right, but we do not have forever,” said Marco Rubio, (R) Presidential Candidate.
An endorsement from Walker could bring either candidate much needed-support, especially from evangelicals.
Key issues likely to come up tonight: whether the fed should raise interest rates, the Obama Administration rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline – and the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership creating or killing American jobs.