The moderators for CNBC's Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday plan to discuss a topic that has not previously been discussed in the the first two debates.

"Somebody emailed me the other day and said there had been 441 questions in the presidential debates so far, and not one of them was about the debt ceiling," Becky Quick, one of the moderators, told the New York Times in a recent interview.

The Times reported Tuesday that Quick double-checked transcripts from the two debates, one held in August and the other in September, and couldn't find any mention of the debt ceiling.

"This is our time," Quick said.

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