CNBC Taps Facebook To Create Buzz For GOP Debate

The Republican presidential contenders will focus on the economy tonight during the CNBC presidential debate, and the audience can ask questions of the candidates, review their opening statements and vote for their favorite nominee on Facebook before the event even gets underway.

The Republican presidential contenders will focus on the economy tonight during the CNBC presidential debate, and the audience can ask questions of the candidates, review their opening statements and vote for their favorite nominee on Facebook before the event even gets underway.

This is also the first time Herman Cain will join the stage since the sexual harassment allegations against him broke wide open, so pundits are guessing who will ask the first question about the charges. Will it be CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo or John Harwood? Or one of Cain’s competitors for the nomination.

The debate, dubbed, “Your Money, Your Vote” promises to discuss with the candidates issues their ideas regarding job creation, creating wealth and jump starting the nation’s economy.

All of the major contenders for the GOP nomination, including Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are expected to participate.

CNBC is using video promos and Facebook questions as a way to boost engagement with its television audience on the social networking platform, and build buzz prior to the big event.

The debate airs on the business channel at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Will you use Facebook to learn more about the economic issues and the candidates’ views?