Final Showdown For Kirk, Giannoulias:
Rep. Mark Kirk
(R) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
(D) square off for the final time in their marquee Illinois Senate debate. Look for Kirk to blast Giannoulias for accusing him of "economic treason." That charge by Giannoulias came about after Kirk held a video conference with U.S businessmen working in China, but it appears to have backfired. And, second, he'll press Giannoulias for specific areas where he will cut spending -- an issue with which Republicans say Giannoulias has had trouble.
The debate comes as both parties continue to spend big in Illinois. The conservative American Crossroads, for example, bought another $1 million worth of ad time in the state on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/aLShon
There is a Senate debate in Louisiana between Sen. David Vitter
(R) and Rep. Charlie Melancon
(D) that is sure to get testy. Gubernatorial candidates also square off in Nevada and Maine.
Whitman Steps In it:
Republican gubernatorial contender Meg Whitman
appears to be to trying to have it two ways on the controversial Arizona immigration law. On Tuesday, Whitman went up with a Spanish radio ad that, translated to English, says, "Don't let Jerry Brown
fool you. Meg Whitman is against the Arizona law. She's with us."
That stands in contrast with earlier statements in which she said she "would let the Arizona law stand for Arizona." Keep in mind winning a significant portion of the Latino vote is pivotal to a Republican running statewide in California.
Previous statement: http://bit.ly/cjF0et
White House Watch:
Obama is off the campaign trail but will tape the "Daily Show" for the first time since becoming president. First Lady Michelle Obama
and Second Lady Jill Biden
, meanwhile, will fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer
Vice Pres. Joe Biden
heads to Philadelphia to headline a rally for Democrat Bryan Lentz
, who is running for Rep. Joe Sestak
's (D) seat.