BOULDER, Colo. — The economy is center stage Wednesday as 10 Republican presidential candidates meet for the third debate of the GOP nomination race.

“Outsider” candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina will again go up against opponents with experience in public office and likely argue that the nation’s political system has failed most Americans.

The more established candidates — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Rand Paul — will likely tout their efforts to cut taxes and promote economic growth.

The event — dubbed “Your Money, Your Vote” — is being sponsored by the CNBC financial news network and takes place at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The debate comes in the wake of new polls, including one national poll and recent surveys in Iowa, showing Carson overtaking Trump for first place.

“Some of these polls coming out, I don’t quite get it,” Trump said Tuesday on MSNBC.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, says voters are responding to his message. “People are recognizing that I’m consistent and I’m truthful and I’m one of them,” Carson said on Breitbart News.

As with the two previous Republican debates, the Colorado event will include a preliminary session with the lower-polling candidates: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York governor George Pataki, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Questions in both debates will deal with “the key issues that matter to all voters,” CNBC said. “Job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.”

Like Trump, Fiorina has argued that her business background has prepared her for the presidency.

The prime-time debate also features three U.S. senators — Rubio of Florida, Cruz of Texas, and Paul of Kentucky — who have been involved in high-stakes budget battles with the Obama administration.

The governors and ex-governors in the field — Bush of Florida, Kasich of Ohio, Christie of New Jersey and Huckabee of Arkansas — are expected to emphasize economic development efforts in their states.


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