News roundup: Democrats paint Romney as out-of-touch elitist
Democrats move indoors. Romney and Obama train for debates. 62 days to the election.
Happy Thursday. Democrats are painting Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch elitist during their convention, challenging voters to choose between the wealthy Romney and the current president, Barack Obama, come November. Sen. Chuck Schumer offered this attack: "You cannot base your whole approach on a life experience as rarefied" as Romney's. [LATimes]
Topping the news: Ex-President Bill Clinton offers a full-throated defense of President Barack Obama's time as president and offers a new signature line: "In Tampa the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in." [WaPost]
-> Paul Ryan told a Provo crowd last night that a Romney-Ryan ticket would focus on the country's founding principles. [Trib] [DNews]
Tweet of the day: from @DrewHampshire: "Bill Clinton is a far better advocate for President Obama than President Obama is."
Democratic National Convention: Former Bain employees painted Romney as someone who is good at cutting jobs as opposed to saving them. [CBSNews]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz is part of a GOP "war room" team stationed outside the DNC to combat convention criticism. [Trib]
-> This year's presidential race comes down to candidates who both faced persecution: a black man and a Mormon. [ABC4]
-> In response to heavy criticism, mention of God and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel squeezed their way back into the Democratic platform, receiving mixed reviews from the convention floor. [Fox] [LATimes]
-> Stormy Charlotte weather conditions have forced the DNC to move into a significantly smaller indoor venue, bumping out over 60,000 hopeful attendees. [Trib][NBCNews] [Fox] [NYTimes]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the real superstar of the DNC. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee says that the LDS Democrats group could help swing Utah back to the middle. [Trib]
-> Fact checkers are on the prowl: DNC speakers are charged with providing misleading information about job growth under Obama, women's pay and Romney's credentials. [FactCheck] [USAToday] [WaPost] [CNN]
-> For the first time in history, each of the 50 states (Guam and Puerto Rico, too) sent an official LGBT delegate to the DNC. [SeattleTimes]
-> A source reveals that actresses Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington may appear in tonight's convention line-up. [CNN]
-> The DNC focuses on social issues, especially its newly official stance on gay marriage. [NYTimes]
-> Julian Castro quickly rises to prominence after delivering Tuesday's keynote, but further political ascension in Texas might have to wait for a growing Latino population. [WaPost]
-> Democratic candidates in conservative states distance themselves from the convention. [WATimes]
-> Ten illegal immigrants who risked deportation to protest at the DNC for immigration reforms are released from prison. [CBS6]
-> A journalist was threatened by a uniformed officer for photographing undercover agents at immigration protests just outside of the DNC convention. [HuffPo]
-> Hillary Clinton is no where near Charlotte this week. [CNN]
2012 watch: A hacker group claims to have copies of Romney's tax returns and is blackmailing the campaign for $1 million or the group will release the information to the news media. [Mashable] [Tennessean]
-> Romney undergoes "intensive" training in preparation for three upcoming presidential debates. [ChiTrib] Obama trains for the debates using former presidential nominee John Kerry as a Romney placeholder. [WaPost]
-> Hours before Bill Clinton's convention speech, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan praised the former president at an Iowa rally. [CNN]
-> Obama says he has "regrets for his syntax" that inspired the GOP's "We Built It" slogan. [NBC12]
-> Chicago's state of affairs could hurt the president's chance at re-election. [DailyBeast]
In other news: State officials are working on a "state implementation plan" due for review in December to combat Salt Lake County's air pollution. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to debate Democratic challenger Peter Cooke three times, substantially less than Cooke's push for seven times. [Trib]
-> Utah's official website has received more awards from Best of the Web than any other state. [DNews]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert heads to a Tax Commission employee breakfast and later to the Greek Festival ribbon cutting.
AG Mark Shurtleff is recovering from yesterday's knee surgery.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with the Wasatch Front Regional Council's transportation committee.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder will attend the Joint Policy Action Committee at UTA followed by a Salt Lake County Council of Governments meeting.
President Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
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