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News roundup: Romney's pollster calls Obama's bump a 'sugar high'

Published September 11, 2012 7:40 am

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Obama outraises Romney. Matheson agrees to four debates. 56 days to the election.

It's Tuesday, Sept. 11. It's been 11 years since the series of terrorist attacks hit the Twin Towers and Pentagon and impacted the lives of Americans in unthinkable ways. For the first time, the only speakers at the New York remembrance ceremony will be those who lost loved ones. [NYDailyNews]

-> Pay Bagley offers his take on 9-11's legacy. [Trib]

Topping the news: The LDS Church has reiterated its neutrality in the presidential campaign after a purported church official sends an email encouraging a voter registration drive with the contact person a Mitt Romney supporter. [Trib]

-> Time magazine looks at Romney's two campaign fronts: One as the Mr. Fix It Guy and the other as the one throwing fire-up-the-base rhetoric around. [Time]

-> Rep. Jim Matheson has agreed to debate Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love four times but Love's campaign says that's not enough. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: from @angiewelling: "Major flaw with @7eleven's clever coffee cup campaign ... Should have done Big Gulps instead... http://bit.ly/Om7L0t."

Happy Birthday: to Dama Barbour, Taylorsville City Council member.

In other news: Illegal immigrants account for approximately 6 percent of the Utah prison population, but no correlation was found linking rise immigrants to a rise in violent crimes. [Trib]

-> Rep. Jim Matheson criticized challenger Mia Love's plan to cut federal college aid, something Love once took advantage of as a young student. [DNews]

-> The down-ticket problem for Democrats of having Romney leading the ballot in Utah could be tempered, says Frank Pignanelli, who notes that Democrats Ben McAdams and Jim Matheson are doing so.

-> The U.'s Kirk Jowers says if only temporarily, the conventions offering voters a break from the brutal campaign trail norm. [KSL]

2012 watch: For the first time in three months, the Obama campaign outraised the Romney campaign, $114 million to $111.6 million. [WaPost] [ABCNews]

-> Romney's pollster dismissed the president's post-convention bump as a "sugar high," assuring voters that "Romney will win this race." [NYTimes]

-> The teacher strike in Chicago could be bad news for Obama. [WaPost]

-> At a campaign stop in Mansfield, Ohio, Romney commits himself to protecting both the military and God's place in politics. [WSJ]

-> Bill Clinton officially ousted Obama as a better defender of he president's first term, according to a Pew Research Center study. [WaPost]

-> With supposedly promising poll data as encouragement, Todd Akin said he's "totally in" the Senate race. [CNN] [BusinessWeek]

-> Obama and Romney will come together for a common cause at Bill Clinton's eighth annual philanthropic summit beginning Sept. 25. [Reuters]

-> Republicans as white evangelicals and Democrats as minorities without traditional religion are two overblown stereotypes rooted in some truth. [WaPost]

-> Romney says it would be wrong to increase taxes on middle-class families and claims that he is not planning to decrease taxes for the wealthy. [Globe] [Fox]

-> Two University of Colorado professors developed an election prediction model that points to a significant Romney win. [DailyCaller]

-> A Gallup poll says that 43 percent of Americans who watched the Democratic National Convention said it made them more likely to vote for Obama, while 40 percent who watched the GOP convention said it made them more likely to vote for Romney. [Gallup]

-> In the past year and a half, Obama attended approximately 38 percent of his daily intelligence meetings — meetings that his predecessor, George W. Bush, rarely missed. [WaPost]

-> And finally, Nicki Minaj says she is not voting for Romney. [MTV]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz sits in on a GOP conference meeting.

Gov. Gary Herbert hosts a series of closed meetings.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell attends the dedication of a Davis County monument and then speaks at the Utah Apartment Association.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon speaks at a Sept. 11 memorial event at Memorial Plaza in the morning and at the Veteran's Memorial Park in the evening.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker can be found at a department directors meeting, followed by a capital education briefing.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder appears at a Utah League of Cities board meeting before attending a City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama commemorates the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 at the Pentagon Memorial before visiting wounded warriors and their families.

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— Thomas Burr and Betsy BlanchardTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard