The third Republican presidential debate between the top 10 candidates — Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and John Kasich — is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It will run two hours and will be broadcast on CNBC. The theme is “your money, your vote.” Five things to keep an eye on:
1. Trump’s two-front war: This thing’s getting serious, and Trump can be expected to continue to goad Bush with belittlement and cast doubt on Carson.
2. Jeb! Game or lame?: The debate follows Bush slashing staff and talking about other “really cool things” he could be doing. Will he appear up to the fight or headed out the door?
3. Gentle Ben: Carson’s quietude underwhelmed at earlier debates, but did nothing to undermine his steady rise to front-runner status in the latest CBS/New York Times poll. Can he stick to his whisper campaign?
4. In the wings: If Trump and Carson fade, it could become a Cruz-Rubio contest. Look for each to audition for the lead.
5. She’s Carly: She’s had two electric debate performances, but since then Fiorina’s mojo flagged. Can a third spark a resurgence and convince Republicans she’s not really trying out for vice president?