Jobs was the focus at the first GOP presidential debate in California.
It was the first face off of the Republican frontrunners, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. And it got hot fast over their record on employment and their predecessors.
Gov. Perry said "Michael Dukakis created jobs 3 times faster than you did, Mitt."
Former Gov. Mitt Romney said "well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessors created jobs at a faster rate than you did, Governor."
Gov. Perry said "that's not correct."
Former Gov. Mitt Romney said "yea, it is correct."
The main target was Barack Obama. Michele Bachmann's polling 4th in this field. Rep. Michele Bachmann said "and as President of the United States, I won't rest until I repeal Obamacare."
Ron Paul's polling 3rd. A Libertarian. Rep. Ron Paul said "we don't need the government running our lives."
But jobs was the focus.
Gov. Perry said "who on this stage can get Americans working? Because we know for a fact the resident of the White House cannot."
Perry's to the right of Romney. And he's fiery. Gov. Perry said "maybe its time to have some provocative language in this country."
Perry questions social security. Gov. Perry said "You cannot keep the status quo in place and not call it anything other than a ponzi scheme."
Former Gov. Mitt Romney said "our nominee has to be someone who isn't committed to abolishing Social Security but who's committed to saving Social Security."
A feisty struggle for a shot at the president.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said "whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama!"
Two more Republican debates follow in the next two weeks.