Ready To Face Off

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:59pm

GOP presidential candidates prepare for tonight's debate.

The Republican presidential candidates square off tonight in a debate to air on MSNBC.

Recent polls show Texas Governor Rick Perry with a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination.

Many political observers expect tonight to be a spirited debate as Perry's rivals try to block his momentum.

Devastating wildfires in Texas have kept the governor off the campaign trail in recent days, but tonight he'll be in the hot seat, taking the debate stage for the first time since declaring his candidacy surging to the top of the polls.

Latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Perry with a 15 point lead over Mitt Romney.

Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann has slipped to fourth place behind Ron Paul.

There are new troubles for Bachmann, who is faced with the departure of her top two campaign aides.

Some experts say this could be an all out attack against Perry.

Candidates will question hid record on immigration, jobs, and his former affiliation with the Democratic party.

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