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On a question about a poll showing public concern about income inequality, Jon Huntsman used the language of the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement, in order to make a point: “Let me just say that I want to be the president of the 99 percent. I also want to be the president of the 1 percent.”

Huntsman then bemoaned that the public is being divided, when he would hope to be president for all the people. He also said that when he sees the Occupy Wall Street protesters, he thinks, “thank goodness we have the opportunity to speak out,” though at the same time he stated his disagreement with what he called their “anti-capitalist message.”

The crowd seems solidly behind Herman Cain. One moderator asked him why if companies are reluctant to hire CEOs with character issues the American people should elect a President with character issues.

That prompted boos from the audience.

Cain replied, “The American people deserve better than someone being tired in the court of public opinion… I value my character and integrity above all else.”

Another moderator followed through, asking Romney if he’d fire a subordinate who was in Herman Cain’s position. “Would you keep him? Are you persuaded?”

The crowd booed again. Romney dodged.

“Look, Cain is the person to respond to that. The people in this room and across the country can make their own assessment.”

The moderator announced they’d switch back to the economy. That prompted cheers.

The debate moderator basically calls Mitt Romney a flip flopper.

Romney’s response? “The people know me pretty well, particularly in this state,” he begins. “I’m a man of steadiness and constancy…. I’ve been married to same woman for 25 – excuse me – 42 years.” He laughs: “That one always gets me into trouble.” He also notes he worked with one financial services company for 25 years.

The GOP presidential candidates are in Michigan for a debate on the economy. So far it’s a rather cordial affair. Here are a couple scenes from the debate:

Well, that explains it.

Amazon proudly announced on Wednesday that "thousands" of apps would be available specifically for the Kindle Fire when it lands in customers hands beginning November 15. Among those listed by name, Amazon touted a Facebook for Kindle Fire app.

Amazon also said that it had tested all of the apps on the Kindle Fire to ensure "the best experience possible."

We thought that was a striking and perhaps all-too-quick collaboration, given it took Facebook about a year and a half to develop a native app for the iPad, which was finally launched in October (the iPad was first launched in April 2010).

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Continuing his answer on why the U.S. should not help bail out Italy, Romney says, that if the U.S. doesn’t change its bail-out happy course then “we’ll be Italy in four or five years.”

Herman Cain gets asked if the US should step in to help bail out Italy.

“There’s not a lot the US can do for Italy right now,” he replies. “They’ve gone beyond the point where we can help them.”

Romney basically agrees. Though with fancier words.

CNBC introduction opens rather dramatically, laying out the nuances of the controversial auto-bailout that in effect saved Michigan (the state tonight’s debate is in) and helped Detroit to “restore the roar.” Will the candidates embrace something similar, the announcer wonders? Sounds like they’re not going to make it through tonight without being asked.

Tonight’s CNBC-hosted and Economy-focused GOP debate is about to begin. Follow TPM’s livewire and ed blogs for highlights and analysis as the debate proceeds.

CNBC has a collection of the Republican presidential candidates' opening statements ahead of tonight’s debate. They’re all collected here. Interestingly, CNBC writes that Herman Cain and Rick Santorum did not respond to a request for an op-ed.