The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, September 8, 2011

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

REPUBLICAN DEBATE: ABC News’ Amy Walter: “ Analysis: Who Won the Republican Presidential Debate?“  The organizers of Wednesday night’s debate did their best to turn the eight person debate into one that was really about two people: Perry and Romney. And, in that match-up, Romney came out the winner.  He was confident and solid throughout the entirety of the debate, a benefit of being a two-time presidential candidate.  LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney: “ Romney and Perry Clash, Drawing Lines in G.O.P. Sand” The fight for the Republican presidential nomination began narrowing into an intense and ideological battle at a debate here Wednesday night, with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Mitt Romney sharply clashing over Social Security, health care and each other’s long-term prospect against President Obama. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker: “ Rick Perry, Mitt Romney square off in Republican presidential debate” Appearing together for the first time on a debate stage, the two leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination squared off Wednesday over the question most likely to shape the race: Who is better equipped to restart the country’s economy? LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman: “ The Republican presidential debate: Eight takeaways” The GOP presidential debate Wednesday was just the first in a series of fall meet-ups. But it may prove to be the most revealing. Viewers who tuned into the 105-minute face-off at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library got a taste of Rick Perry’s style in his first on-stage encounter with the rest of the 2012 GOP field, witnessed Mitt Romney’s first debate without a solid lead in the polls and the beginning of the end for several candidacies. LINK

The Hills’ Michael O’Brien: “ Fireworks between Perry and Romney erupt early in debate” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) began sparring over their respective jobs records less than 10 minutes into Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.  The highly-anticipated fight between Romney and Perry, the two front-runners for the GOP nomination, largely lived up to expectations, with extended spats between the pair throughout the debate.  LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro: “ GOP wants jobs summit before Obama speech to Congress” Even before President Obama unveils his jobs package this week, GOP congressional leaders returned to Washington on Tuesday criticizing most of the proposals as nonstarters, showing the difficult road the White House faces in getting any legislation through the divided Congress this fall. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader, called on Obama to convene a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders to discuss job creation strategies before his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar, Thomas M. DeFrank and Mike Jaccarino: “ GOP presidential debate: Rick Perry, Mitt Romney spar over jobs as all eight candidates mix it up” Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry clashed repeatedly Wednesday night in a contentious GOP presidential debate that made it clear they are the leaders of the pack. The two contenders sparred heatedly over Social Security, jobs and health care as they vied for a shot at unseating President Obama in 2012. LINK

USA Today’s William M. Welch and Jackie Kucinich: “ Panelists, GOP rivals target Perry from outset of debate” Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a rugged baptism to the Republican presidential race Wednesday as both his opponents and the panelists of a debate here pitched pointed questions to Perry about his 10-year record and views expressed in his 2010 book. “I kind of feel like a piñata here,” Perry said midway through the debate. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA: The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “ Obama faces skeptics in 3rd try for jobs” President Obama will reveal his latest jobs plan Thursday night in a high-stakes speech to a joint session of Congress, facing Republicans opposed to more deficit spending and voters who increasingly don’t trust him to fix the economy. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS: Dick Cheney Weighs In on Rick PerryLINK Rep. King: “I Have to Accept” Perry as FrontrunnerLINK

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