Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Republican debate in Las Vegas: Where and when

The 2012 Republican presidential field will meet on stage Tuesday night in Nevada, one of the states suffering the most from the economic recession. The field is set to debate just one week after they went head-to-head in New Hampshire on jobs, the deficit, taxes and the overall economy.

The debate, hosted by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference, begins at 8 p.m. at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

Full details below:

Where can I watch the debate?

CNN will televise the debate and stream it on CNN.com/Live and CNN mobile apps.

As usual, the Fix will live-blog the entire debate starting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Who is participating?

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann , businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the only native of a Western state invited to participate, is boycotting the debate because of a dispute between New Hampshire and Nevada election officials over the date of Nevada’s primary.

Who will moderate the debate?

Anderson Cooper, who hosts Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN and a daily syndicated talk show “Anderson,” will moderate the debate.

Cooper moderated a GOP debate on Jan. 30, 2008. Here is a transcript of that debate .

What is the format?

According to CNN, “Voters from the 16 states and territories that make up the Western region of the United States will be in the audience and will have an opportunity to pose questions directly to the candidates.”

The debate takes place on the first night of the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC), an event aimed at “educating, empowering and mobilizing” Western Republicans.

What is the official hashtag?

CNN and the WRLC recommend following the conversation about the debate on Twitter using #CNNDebate.

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