Chaffetz: Critics need to 'get over' Romney's wealth. Biden hits Romney in Utah. Crockett declared GOP nominee.
Happy Wednesday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz told CNN viewers yesterday that the issue over Mitt Romney not making public more than one year worth of tax records is bogus and a distraction by Democrats who want to avoid talking about the economy. More bluntly, Chaffetz said: "Get over it."
-> "Most people - they don't care about this. Governor Romney's been very successful. Get over it. It's a reality - he's been successful. That's the kind of guy that I want president ... he can turn the economy around." [CNN] [TheHill] [Atlantic] [WashTimes]
-> Sen. Mike Lee was on the stump for Romney last night in Cincinnati, though we didn't see any coverage just yet; we'll bring it to you when we see some.
Topping the news: Vice President Joe Biden was in Utah yesterday for a fund-raiser and accused Republicans, especially that Mitt Romney guy, of trying to take America back to the past: "These guys have a social policy out of the '50s," Biden said. [Trib]
-> Sen. Lee gripes to HBO executives over the network's "The Newsroom" for its portrayal of him as an extremist tea party senator. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @dannailen: "We all know the reason Joe Biden is in Park City tonight is for the String Cheese Incident show, right? The Veep likes to twirl."
And from @JasonintheHouse: "No BYU/UofU rivalry game in '14 & '15? What's up with that? Perhaps they could meet at Lone Peak H.S. on a Monday night. Game on."
In other news: "Military Mom" Jill Biden comforts and raises support for National Guardsmen and their families in Utah visit. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says conservative commenters get feisty on Facebook. [Trib]
-> As the cases pile up in Utah, the federal court officials let the Senate know a new judge is urgently needed. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has proved to be a formidable candidate and isn't ruling out another gubernatorial bid in 2016. [UtahPolicy]
-> While many states are decisively opposed to the Medicaid expansion, Utah is still weighing the options. [KUER]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans' working relationship on the economy. [Trib]
-> BusinessWeek looks at the ambitious and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mormon people and their rise to power. [BusinessWeek] The Trib's Peggy Fletcher Stack breaks down the newsy bits in the piece. [Trib]
-> The LDS Church allows a British news crew to film segments of a sacrament meeting for a piece on the faith. [SkyNews]
-> Abby Huntsman says her dad, Jon Huntsman, cringes when he sees the clip of himself introducing Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican convention. [Mediaite]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch says the only way to kill Obamacare is to elect Romney. [NewsMax]
-> Hatch leads the way for Senate Republicans to renew Bush-era taxes. All of them. [TheHill]
-> The Hill newspaper profiles Mia Love and her bid to unseat Rep. Jim Matheson. [TheHill]
-> Foes of the Common Core standards met with Herbert and state lawmakers this week to press their case. [Trib]
2012 watch: Biden appears in front of Latino voters, jabbing Romney's tax returns and immigration policies. [WaPost]
-> In the long run, Obama's recent Dream Act executive order hasn't impacted his standing in the polls. [WaPost]
-> Romney defends tax record, calling on Obama to be more transparent himself on the Fast and Furious debacle. [WaPost]
-> Turning attention away from Bain, Romney calls out Obama on his own outsourcing record. [CNN]
-> As optimism on the economy rises, so does Obama's lead over Romney. [Reuters]
-> Signs are pointing toward Romney announcing his running-mate earlier than later. Doing so may help his ailing polls. [Reuters]
-> The debate of the day is on the Bush-era tax cuts. Both candidates want to help the middle-class, but say the other's plan threatens it. [TheHill]
-> Romney temporarily drops campaign to volunteer in Colorado wildfire aftermath. [LATimes]
-> Obama thanks Iowans for their support in 2008 and asks for it again. [LATimes]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera
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