The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, November 15, 2011

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Dec 15, 2011 4:37am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson and Alicia Tejada

ELECTION 2012
ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe: “Mike Huckabee Says No To Being A Kingmaker in Iowa” At the premiere of a film that he co-produced, Mike Huckabee said he would not be a kingmaker for the GOP in the next three week and told ABC News he would not endorse any candidate before the Iowa caucuses on January 3, and that he may not back anyone before the primary fight ends. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “GOP’s millionaire candidates claim to know struggles of real people” Class warfare has broken out on an unlikely battlefield: the Republican presidential primaries. GOP candidates who had been ripping President Obama for populist attacks on prosperity are suddenly fighting over who can afford $10,000 bets and who ripped off whom while raking in big private-sector bucks. LINK

LA Times’ Maeve Reston: “Republican chase is on for New Hampshire’s independents” Standing before a brick fireplace in the home of two New Hampshire independents who backed President Obama in 2008, Jon Huntsman Jr. made a pitch keyed to the politically nonaligned voters in his audience.  LINK

MITT ROMNEY:
The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny, Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker: “Shifting Tactics, Romney Attacks Surging Gingrich” Mitt Romney, his presidential aspirations suddenly endangered by Newt Gingrich’s rapid resurgence, is employing aggressive new arguments in an effort to disqualify Mr. Gingrich as a credible choice to Republicans, calling him “zany” in an interview on Wednesday and questioning his commitment to free enterprise. LINK

NY Daily News’ Jonathan Lemire: “Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney swoops into  Manhattan for a host of fundraisers”  Mitt Romney barnstormed across the city Wednesday, holding several fundraisers and rubbing shoulders with plenty of bold-faced — and deep-pocketed — names.  LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron and Patrick O’Connor: “Romney Steps Up Attacks on Rival” Mitt Romney redoubled his efforts Wednesday to portray his top rival, Newt Gingrich, as unpredictable and unprepared for the White House, in advance of the final televised debate Thursday before voters cast the first nomination ballots. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH
USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Weak Iowa organization could be problem for Gingrich” With less than three weeks until the Iowa caucuses, former House speaker Newt Gingrich leads in Iowa and national polls, but voters here say he lacks the physical presence in the state that traditionally brings success in a contest that demands close contact with voters.  LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Is Newt Gingrich taking Iowa seriously enough?” Newt Gingrich’s improbable comeback may fall short if he doesn’t win Iowa — and there are signs he’s not taking the threat seriously enough. Gingrich is getting pounded on Iowa TV by both a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC and Ron Paul’s campaign and is doing little to fight back against ads which take direct aim at him. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Gingrich, Before the Revolution” Newt Gingrich built a reputation for playing partisan hardball during his quest to bring Republicans a House majority. But before the 1994 Republican Revolution, the future House speaker teamed with some of the most prominent Democrats of his time to build a legislative record that carried a bipartisan cast. LINK

RON PAUL
The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach: “Ron Paul: the Alternative Candidate is a force to be reckoned with” Ron Paul rides in the back of a campaign van that’s rolling toward the New Hampshire seacoast for a town hall meeting. He’s fastidious in a dark-blue suit. He’s not the standard presidential candidate — he lacks the factory-built appearance of Mitt Romney or Rick Perry. He’s thin, bony, a bantam rooster. He’s 76 — the only one in the race who was born during the Great Depression. LINK

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