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

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

2012 ELECTIONS: ABC News’ Gregory Holyk and Gary Langer: “ Republicans More Satisfied With Presidential Candidates, But More Divided Ideologically“ Republicans express steadily more satisfaction with their party’s declared candidates for president, yet with a sharp division between conservatives and moderates that could portend challenges when it comes time for the party to coalesce around its ultimate nominee. Among conservative Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, Texas Gov. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Peyton Craighill: “ Rick Perry moves ahead of Mitt Romney in race for GOP nomination in new poll” Aided by strong tea party support, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has surged in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, pushing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney into second place and significantly diminishing the once-rising star of Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “ Romney predicts 4 percent growth, 11.5 million jobs” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Tuesday for a broad rewrite of the relationship between businesses and Washington, promising an annual growth rate of 4 percent and 11.5 million more jobs under a Romney administration. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA: The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “ Old Tax Relief Seen as Anchor in Obama Plan” The centerpiece of the job creation package that President Obama plans to announce on Thursday — payroll tax relief for workers and perhaps their employers — is neither his first policy choice nor that of many economists. But it is the one that they figure has the best chance of getting Republicans’ support. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson and Richard Wolf: “ Republicans reaching out to Obama before jobs speech” Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress returned from five weeks at home Tuesday pledging to seek bipartisan compromises with President Obama on the economy and jobs. House Republican leaders wrote Obama to suggest areas of potential agreement, ranging from changes in highway spending and construction permitting to new ways of helping the long-term unemployed. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “ Obama jobs plan to include $300 billion in tax credits, spending” President Obama on Thursday will roll out a jobs package that strives to lift the ailing economy through $300 billion worth of tax credits, school renovation projects, job training for the unemployed and a program to prevent teacher layoffs, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plans. In his speech before a joint session of Congress, Obama also will ask lawmakers to renew the 2% payroll tax cut that was approved in December and to extend jobless benefits, said the person, who requested anonymity to talk more freely about White House internal deliberations. LINK

The New York Daily News: “ President Obama expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts, federal spending to jump-start jobs” The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs – but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech. In effect, Obama will be hitting cleanup on a shortened holiday week, with Republican White House contender Mitt Romney releasing his jobs proposals on Tuesday and front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry hoping to join his presidential rivals Wednesday evening on a nationally televised debate stage for the first time. LINK

OTHER: The Hills’ Bernie Becker: “ White House moves to save debt-ridden Postal Service from default” The Obama administration will include a financial blueprint for the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in a deficit-reduction package that will be submitted to Congress, an administration official told lawmakers Tuesday.  With the Postal Service speeding toward default, John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, also said the administration would like to delay the deadline USPS faces for a massive benefits payment by 90 days. LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “ Disaster aid fight looms as Democrats ready relief measure” Senate Democrats moved aggressively Tuesday to add up to $7 billion for disaster aid even as they set the stage for deep cuts from President Barack Obama’s defense budget to buy more room for domestic programs under strict 2012 spending caps. Just weeks before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the twin actions served to sharpen the budget lines between the two political parties but also held out hope of real progress if each can keep faith with the blueprint negotiated in the August debt ceiling accord. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS: Obama Sells Jobs Plan Ahead of Speech to CongressLINK Mitt Romney, Rick Perry Battle for Tea PartyLINK

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