The first debate of the 2012 Republican presidential race is scheduled for Thursday night in Greenville, South Carolina.

But, none of the candidates polling in double digits in national surveys will be there and only one candidate — former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty — who is regarded as a potential top-tier contender will be in attendance.

So, what happens when you have a debate populated largely by candidates with little to no chance at winning the GOP nod? We answer that question in today’s episode of the “Fast Fix”.

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