Disputes and debates fire up the midterm election season.
Politics exploded into the streets in California.
Double-digit unemployment awaits the state's next Governor.
Republican California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman said, "My business is creating jobs. Your business is politics."
In their last debate, Democrat Jerry Brown said balancing the budget could be painful.
"I want those in power, at the top, to lead by example. I want to see them feel some of the pain," said Brown.
Jobs are also the big issue in Ohio. Senate candidates debated there and in Connecticut.
Republican Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon said, "Clearly you don't want to talk about job creation."
Democratic Connecticut Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal said, "I have built my life and spent life building future for families of Connecticut."
Democrats, who are behind in the polls, are stepping up their game. Michelle Obama makes at least 8 campaign stops this month and President Bill Clinton is trying to help Nevada's embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"You and I know that the only reason this is a tough race is that this is a tough time," said Clinton.
Back in D.C. President Obama continues to urge Democrats to vote.
"The question is going to be whether once again hope overcomes fear," said Obama.
A tough economy is making for tough politics.