The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, November 3, 2011

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Nov 3, 2011 3:24am

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

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “President Obama Targets Student Vote in Campaign’s First Major Public Event” President Obama’s re-election campaign tonight kicked off its first major, public event with prospective voters, going directly to the source of Obama’s most passionate support in 2008: college students. To the thumping beat of a DJ’s tunes, more than 300 students crowded the Hall of Flags at the University of Pennsylvania for a pep rally, panel discussion and chance to see Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, who was making his first public appearance on the campaign trail. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Thomas Defrank: “Analysis: Herman Cain has violated a cardinal campaign rule: If there is nothing to hide, don’t behave like there is” Herman Cain, meet Anthony Weiner. The up-and-coming congressman from Queens is political history today. Not because he sexted lewd images of his body parts, but because he lied about it. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich and Catalina Camia: “Pressure rises on Cain amid allegations” Four days into a scandal that has put his campaign on the defensive, businessman Herman Cain’s patience appeared to be wearing thin and the pressure showed no sign of easing Wednesday. Cain, who is leading national polls for the Republican presidential nomination, has maintained that he was “falsely accused” of sexual harassment by two women while he led the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey, Tom Hamburger and James Oliphant: “Cain is mum on sexual harassment allegations” Herman Cain dodged reporters, cameras and questions Wednesday as he hustled between meetings on Capitol Hill, staying mum on the sexual harassment allegations that have enveloped his presidential bid and appeared to be snowballing. The Associated Press reported that a third former employee of the National Restaurant Assn., where Cain was once the executive director, was made uncomfortable by Cain’s behavior toward her — which she said included an invitation to his corporate apartment — and considered filing a complaint. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Shira Schoenberg: “Perry launches first radio ad in New Hampshire” Texas Governor Rick Perry is building up his media campaign, launching his first radio ad in New Hampshire just a day after he announced his first TV ad. The minute-long radio ad, which will also air in Iowa, quotes words of praise for Perry’s tax reform plan from conservative voices including Rush Limbaugh, the Club for Growth, and the Wall Street Journal. LINK

The Hills’ Josh Lederman and Justin Sink: “Cain blames Perry as new harassment allegations surface” Herman Cain accused rival Rick Perry of planting the story of sexual harassment allegations against him, while the Texas governor’s campaign suggested it might have been Mitt Romney. The finger-pointing threw the GOP primary into turmoil, interjecting a level of bitterness not previously seen in the race. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny, Jim Rutenberg and Michael D. Shear: “Cain Says Perry Is Orchestrating a Smear Campaign” A defiant Herman Cain accused Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, a Republican rival, of orchestrating a smear campaign to destroy his presidential candidacy, as additional accusations emerged Wednesday that Mr. Cain made unwanted sexual overtures to women while he led the National Restaurant Association more than a decade ago. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Krissah Thompson: “Herman Cain denies new harassment allegations, accuses Rick Perry of fueling stories” Former restaurant executive Herman Cain faced a new set of sexual harassment allegations Wednesday, with a report that a third former employee had described unwanted, sexually aggressive behavior from him and a Republican pollster saying he had witnessed at least two such incidents. LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman and Juana Summers: “Herman Cain lashes out at Rick Perry 2012 campaign” Herman Cain lashed out at rival Rick Perry on Wednesday, accusing the Texas governor’s campaign of orchestrating the original report about allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior. In separate appearances Wednesday evening, both Cain and his campaign manager, Mark Block, asserted that the Perry campaign was behind POLITICO’s report Sunday that, as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained about inappropriate behavior by Cain and ultimately signed confidential agreements that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Cain says Perry staff behind harassment story” After a two-day blitz of awkward interviews, partial explanations and sometimes contradictory answers, the Herman Cain campaign employed new strategies Wednesday to deal with accusations of sexual harassment from two employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’ Connor: “Santorum Makes Stand in Iowa” Rick Santorum has spent more time in Iowa than any of the other Republicans running for president. He has attended church services, hunted pheasant, and even moved his family to the state for a few weeks during the summer. On Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator achieved a milestone none of his rivals can claim: holding an event in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. LINK

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