Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, speaks during the Republican Presidential Forum on Manufacturing as Iowa Gov. Terry Branstan looks on at left, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Pella, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republicans looking to unseat President Barack Obama want to explain to voters in this early nominating state how they would bring back the nation’s crumbling manufacturing core and rebuild the struggling U.S. economy.

A Tuesday forum in Pella, Iowa, is set to give many of the presidential contenders an opportunity to outline their criticisms of Obama and preview their head-to-head pitch should they win the GOP’s presidential nomination.

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