News roundup: NY Times: Ordinary lies, damn lies and the debates
Love up 6 percent over Matheson. Immigration low priority for Utahns. 35 days until Election Day.
Happy Tuesday. In tomorrow's presidential debate, you may not see the candidates making the same charges their campaign TV spots are, though don't expect all honesty emanating from the stage, either, as both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney know the stakes are big. As the NY Times' Adam Clymer puts it, "Consumer warning: The claims you hear in Wednesday night's presidential debate may be hazardous, if not to your health, then to your relationship to reality." [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Romney's "47 percent" remark doesn't appear to be going away and it could be hurting him in the heartland where he really needs to pick up votes. [WaPost]
-> A new poll by KSL/DNews shows Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love up 6 percent over Rep. Jim Matheson. [KSL] [DNews]
-> While Matheson and Love continue to trade barbs over who has the better fiscal plan, actually laying out specific details is a dangerous move, observers say. [Trib] Meanwhile, the two continue to hit each other on their records. [KCPW] [ABC4]
Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "Emerging problem in Missouri: Meeting voters who will defend Akin but oh, sir, can you not use my name?"
In other news: A survey conducted by the Utah Foundation reveals immigration as the 10th most important issue for the state's voters for this election cycle, the same ranking it held in 2010 and five steps down the ladder from its rank in 2008. [Trib]
-> Bryant Anderson leaves his Sandy City Council post, a position he held for 17 years, to serve a Mormon mission in Bernardino, Calif., with his wife. [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert makes Mark VanOrden's position as interim head of Utah's Department of Technology Services a permanent switch. [DNews]
-> The Trib's Peg McEntee applauds the "roadless rule" in Utah. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the Matheson-Love debates and pokes fun of the Democrat. [Trib]
-> Matheson say if there is a President Romney, having a Utah Democrat in office would help with bipartisanship. [UtahPolicy]
2012 watch: A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday shows Obama carrying a two-point lead among likely voters. [WaPost] Among swing voters, the incumbent carries an 11-point lead. [Globe]
-> Whistle-blower lawyers rally behind Obama as Romney calls for repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act. [WaPost]
-> Romney starts off the debate week by calling Obama out on foreign policy. [Reuters] [CNN]
-> Last year, candidates spent $22 million on TV ads in Michigan. This year, they spent zero. Actually the general election candidates didn't even visit the state, the first time for a presidential candidate since 1980. [DetroitNews]
-> The owner of the New York Jets says he'd rather have Romney as president than a winning season for his team. [NYDailyNews] And John Elway comes out for Romney in Denver. [USAToday] [TheHill]
-> John Cook argues that while conservatives complain about a media bias, it's not a pro-liberal bias, it's a pro-good story bias. [Gawker]
-> In 2002, Romney approved the request for a production of Olympics pins featuring the now-presidential candidate himself. [PBS]
-> A sign of things to come? Michelle Obama wins in the closest-ever presidential cookie contest hosted by Family Circle. [Politico]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the American Hotel and Lodging Association in Park City.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spends the day at the 9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Summit.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon hits up a taping segment for The County Seat in Sugarhouse Park.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Corroon and later heads to a City Council meeting.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder speaks at the city's domestic violence awareness event and attends a City Council meeting.
President Barack Obama preps for the debate while staying in Henderson, Nev.
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