The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, September 23, 2011

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Sep 23, 2011 4:06am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Michael Falcone: “Mitt Romney, Rick Perry Wage A War Of Authenticity At Republican Debate” In their third debate in as many weeks, the two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination waged a war of authenticity, challenging each other on their records in government — even on the words printed in their books. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has seen his lead in national and some early primary state polls evaporate, swiped at front-runner Rick Perry on the issue of Social Security. LINK

The Hills’ Josh Lederman: “Romney, Perry battle aggressively, often in Republican debate” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) fought tooth-and-nail in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, portraying one another as inconsistent and working to convince voters the other is out of touch with America on the proper role of government. But some of the heavier questions of the evening — on social issues and foreign policy — were only addressed to the other candidates, instead of the two frontrunners. LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page and Jackie Kucinich: “Perry, Romney and others wrangle over immigration in debate” Call it a Sunshine State smackdown. In the third Republican presidential debate in three weeks, immigration joined Social Security as an issue creating fireworks between the two men leading in national polls.  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of creating a “magnet” in Texas for illegal immigrants by offering in-state tuition at colleges for children regardless of their immigration status. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar and Thomas M. Defrank: “GOP presidential debate: Mitt Romney hammers frontrunner Rick Perry again on Social Security” Mitt Romney chipped away at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s hard-line Social Security rhetoric in Thursday night’s Florida debate, zinging Perry in a battleground state with millions of elderly voters. Perry also took serious heat from Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum for his tuition discounts at Texas colleges for the children of illegal immigrants. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul West and Mark Z. Barabak: “Perry and Romney again trade blows at GOP presidential debate” After taking heat from the rest of the GOP presidential field in the last two debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to take the offensive against his main rival Thursday night by questioning Mitt Romney’s views on education and accusing him of misrepresenting Perry’s stance on Social Security. Reviving a charge that has dogged Romney since his 2008 presidential campaign, Perry said the former Massachusetts governor had switched positions on issues of importance to Republican voters — and thus, he implied, would be an undependable nominee. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’ Connor and Jonathan Weisman: “Perry, Romney Go on Attack at Debate” Republican presidential front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, taking up where they left off in their last on-stage meeting, attacked each other over Social Security and health care in a televised debate Thursday, with the Texas governor on defense for much of the contest. LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman: “The GOP debate: 6 takeaways” It’s official — the frontrunners aren’t a mutual fan club. With three debates in the books featuring Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the animosity between the Texas governor and the former Massachusetts governor is palpable. LINK 

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny: “Perry and Romney Come out Swinging at Each Other in G.O.P. Debate” In their third debate in as many weeks, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas engaged in a sometimes heated back and forth over immigration, health care and entitlements, their rivalry dominating a stage that included seven other candidates struggling to catch up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Perry puts himself in crosshairs during GOP debate” Rick Perry went out on a limb Thursday by refusing to back off his support as Texas governor for granting in-state tuition to some of the children of illegal immigrants, and painting critics of the law as heartless — remarks that landed him in the crosshairs of his GOP rivals. LINK

The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman and Paul Kane: “House approves spending measure opposed by Senate; shutdown possible” Washington lurched toward another potential government shutdown crisis Friday, as the House approved a Republican-authored short-term funding measure designed to keep government running through Nov. 18 that Democrats in the Senate immediately vowed to reject. LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “U.S. House Passes Spending, Disaster Aid Plan” The Republican-led House passed a stopgap spending bill containing federal disaster aid two days after rank-and-file party members helped defeat a nearly identical measure, offering no resolution to a fight with Senate Democrats that threatens a government shutdown.  The measure, passed 219-203 early today, would provide $3.65 billion in aid to victims of Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters as part of a measure funding the government until Nov. 18  LINK

Perry Calls Romney ‘Obama-Lite’LINK
Sen. Cornyn: Taxing Just the Rich is an ‘Illusion’LINK

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