Bartiromo, Matthews to Moderate Oct. 9 Republican Presidential Debate

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will moderate the first Republican Presidential debate focusing on economic issues, officials said Tuesday.

The two-hour debate is scheduled to be held on Oct. 9 in Dearborn, Mich. and will be broadcast live on CNBC at 4 p.m. and rerun later that evening on MSNBC at 9 p.m. 

The GOP debate is being jointly sponsored by CNBC, MSNBC and The Wall Street Journal.

Bartiromo anchors CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo, and is also the host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.

Chris Matthews hosts MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Matthews is also the host of The Chris Matthews Show, a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News and distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution.

“The economy and business issues have never been more pressing to the American people than they are today,” Bartiromo said in a prepared statement. “The objective of the debate is to draw out the important differences on the candidates' positions on topics like taxes, trade, inequality and social security-all issues that hit home for the American voter. I am proud to be partnering with Chris, truly an insider in Washington.”

The debate will be held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The debate format will be determined after further discussions with representatives from the respective campaigns.