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Helen Thomas

The debate debate

The debate debate

The Republican candidates for president are back in prime time tomorrow night in Milwaukee, and the debate, like any good reality television show, is thick with subplots. With the main event culled to eight candidates — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee having been demoted to the undercard by the selected poll results — will the dynamic change? Will Donald Trump's insults light a fire under Ben Carson? Will Dr. Carson complain of being overly scrutinized? Will Marco Rubio offer a new and improved explanation for his troubled credit history?

If the CNBC-sponsored debate of Oct. 28 is remembered for anything, it's probably the chorus...