The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 31, 2011

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

RICK PERRY: ABC News’ Arlette Saenz: “ In Second TV Ad, Perry Says He’s ‘a Doer, Not a Talker’” Texas Gov. Rick Perry will release his second television ad in Iowa Monday, in which he says he’s “a doer, not talker.” “If you’re looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He’s destroying our economy. I’m a doer not a talker,” Perry says in the 30-second ad, wearing a blue button-down shirt with no tie. LINK

The New York Times’ Deborah Sontag: “ Perry Displays Varied Stance Toward Crime” By the spring of 2004, when Rick Perry had been governor for over three years, the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole had yet to recommend to him that a single death row inmate be spared. LINK

New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar: “ Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes Sunday morning political talk show debut” The Texas governor made his debut on the weekly political talk shows on Sunday, even as his poll numbers plummet and conservatives wonder if he has what it takes given his blundering debates. “We got a great debater, a smooth politician, in the White House right now and that’s not working out very good for America,” Perry told Fox News Sunday. LINK

HERMAIN CAIN: ABC News’ Susan Archer: “ Herman Cain Denies Allegations of Sexual Harassment” Sunday night, Herman Cain’s campaign denied reports that the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and GOP presidential frontrunner had engaged in sexually suggestive behavior with two female employees during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. LINK

The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “ Cain camp denies harassment allegations” The presidential campaign of Republican Herman Cain is pushing back against allegations that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with at least two women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: “ Cain fires back at report alleging sexually inappropriate behavior” Herman Cain’s campaign is aggressively firing back at a report that says two women left a Washington, D.C. trade group after complaining of sexually inappropriate behavior by the GOP presidential candidate. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Kasie Hunt: “ Report: Female staffers accused Cain of inappropriate behavior” Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign is denying reports that two female employees complained of sexually suggestive behavior in the 1990s. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth P. Vogel: “ Exclusive: Two women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior” During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO. LINK

MITT ROMNEY: The Washington Times’ Ben Wolfgang: “ Democratic strategy targets Romney as GOP nominee” The first Republican presidential primary may be more than two months away, but some Democrats are convinced that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be the eventual GOP nominee – and they already are rolling out their general election attack strategy. LINK

RON PAUL: ABC News’ Jason Volack: “ Libertarian Party Tells Ron Paul to Come On Over” Rep. Ron Paul may not win the Republican nomination for president, but the prospect of him running as a third party candidate in the general election is not off the table, he says. LINK

OTHER /GOP / CAUCUSES: USA Today’s Susan Page: “ In Iowa’s GOP caucuses, ‘it’s absolutely wide open’” Belva White emerges from Calvary Bible Church after listening to presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann speak from the pulpit, but she isn’t any closer to deciding whether she’ll support the Minnesota congresswoman or someone else in the Iowa caucuses come January. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Mark Barabak: “ GOP presidential candidates share foreign policy strategy” In a campaign dominated by talk of jobs and the economy, the Republican presidential field has settled on a unified approach to foreign policy: Ignore it for the most part, unless forced to discuss. Then criticize President Obama. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Danny Yadron: “ Iowa Caucus Vote Is Rising In Stature” After looking marginal just months ago, Iowa has reemerged as a state that could make or break the front-runners for the 2012 Republican nomination. The state’s centrality was underscored over the weekend in a closely watched poll that found two former businessmen running mainly on economic platforms—Herman Cain and Mitt Romney—locked in a statistical dead heat among likely caucus-goers, just as in many national surveys. LINK

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