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Sesame Street to Obama: pull the Big Bird ad. Critics question Chaffetz's Libya probe. 27 days until Election Day.

Happy Wednesday. Tomorrow, Vice President Joe Biden and VP-hopeful Paul Ryan will face off in a one-time debate. In a Reuters poll of likely voters, 39 percent said Biden was more qualified to be president, while 33 percent felt it was the other way around. [Reuters]

-> Revisit six of the most memorable vice presidential debate moments, including Sarah Palin's 2008 "Can I call you Joe?" [WaPost]

Topping the news: State Sen. Margaret Dayton is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit abortions by mothers upset by the gender of her unborn baby. [ABC4]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz's Libya investigation yielded harsh criticism from Jim Dabakis, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, who said the "big stunt" was "pathetic." [Trib]

-> The makers of the politically-neutral Sesame Street ask the Obama campaign to pull its new Big Bird-themed attack ad. [SesameWorkshop] [Politico] [DailyBeast] [CBSNews] Ironically, the woman behind the original creation of Big Bird donated over $200,000 to the president's campaign in the past two years. [BuzzFeed]

Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "I'm more than ready for a 'time to swap places on the ticket?' news cycle if Biden wins this debate."

Happy birthday: To former HHS chief of staff and top Mike Leavitt aide, Rich McKeown.

In other news: Surprise, surprise: Josh Romney endorses Republican Salt Lake County mayoral candidate Mark Crockett. [Trib]

-> Mia Love, Utah's Republican District 4 candidate, spent the weekend campaigning for Romney in Ohio, arguably one of the most critical battleground states. [Trib]

-> A Democratic blogger accused Crockett of falsely claiming support from companies who said they did not endorse the mayoral candidate. [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the relationship between LDS President Thomas Monson and the late Jack Gallivan, Jim Matheson's appearance at a Mia Love fundraiser and propaganda at a St. George fundraiser. [Trib]

-> Former Utah Gov. Olene Walker said the political climate has turned increasingly negative since her time in office, specifically citing the Matheson-Love race. [DNews]

2012 watch: Among likely voters, Gallup credits Romney with a 49-47 lead. Among registered voters, they say Obama leads 49-46. [Gallup]

-> The tightened presidential race is getting intense. [Reuters]

-> Romney touched base with rural American at the James Koch farm in Iowa yesterday. [Politico] While there, he emotionally recanted how he first met one of the Americans who died in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. [ChiTrib] [Yahoo]

-> An interactive map of this election cycle's swing states shows Obama leading Romney with 57 to 53 electoral votes. [Politico]

-> A Brookings Institute economist says Romney's tax plan doesn't add up, just like you can't drive across the country in 15 hours without speeding. [Brookings]

-> An Obama campaign spokesperson said that recent Romney-favoring polls haven't changed their plan of attack: "We've always run this race like we're 5 points down." [Politico]

-> For the first time in recent years, the Democratic National Committee had more debt than cash on hand in the final two months of the election. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz participates in a hearing on the Libya consulate attack.

Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in a KUTV interview and later attends the groundbreaking of the Olene Walker Institute at Weber State University.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff joins a conference call for an immigration forum.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon meets with community council chairs.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a Summit County Council briefing on Mountain Transportation.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder welcomes singer Carrie Underwood to West Valley City.

President Barack Obama campaigns at Ohio State University.

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— Thomas Burr and Betsy and