The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, January 6, 2012

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Jan 6, 2012 4:34am

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

JON HUNTSMAN
ABC News’ Susan Archer: “Jon Huntsman Gets Boston Globe Endorsement” Jon Huntsman got a high-profile endorsement when the Boston Globe backed his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination over a frontrunner from the paper’s home state, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The Globe made clear that it was between Huntsman and Romney for the endorsement. But it suggested Romney has moved too far to the right in his pursuit of the nomination. Indeed, the endorsement of Huntsman spent a fair amount of time describing the faults of Romney. LINK

RICK SANTORUM
The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’ Connor and Janet Hook: “Santorum, Riding Wave, Sharpens Aim at Romney” Riding a bump in national polls after his strong showing in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum sought Thursday to erode rival Mitt Romney’s substantial lead by drawing distinctions in policy and background for GOP voters here and nationwide. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Brandon Goyette: “NAACP rips Rick Santorum for comment about African-Americans, welfare” GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is in hot water with the NAACP for singling out African-Americans in a comment about federal benefits. At an Iowa campaign stop Sunday, the former Pennsylvania senator reportedly told supporters, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Melanie Mason and Tom Hamburger: “Rick Santorum’s political evolution sparks scrutiny” Rick Santorum first came to Congress from western Pennsylvania in 1990 after waging a grass-roots campaign against an opponent he labeled a Washington insider for buying a house in a fancy suburb of the capital. But during four years in the House and 12 in the Senate, Santorum became an insider himself. LINK

The New York Times’ Mike McIntire and Michael Luo: “After Santorum Left Senate, Familiar Hands Reached Out” In the years before he lost his Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2006, Rick Santorum worked hard to win hundreds of millions of dollars in additional Medicare money for hospitals in Puerto Rico. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Santorum gets big poll bounce in N.H.” Fresh off his near-win in Iowa, Rick Santorum has lept to 11 percent support among likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters — but Mitt Romney remains the front-runner with 38 percent, according to the inaugural Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll, taken Wednesday. LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Rick Santorum 2012 bid undercut by landslide 2006 loss” At the heart of his campaign is a simple but compelling pitch: He’s a rock-ribbed conservative with a proven record of winning in a swing state. That much is true. LINK

MITT ROMNEY
The Hills’ Daniel Strauss: “Romney’s hometown paper endorses Jon Huntsman for president” Jon Huntsman was endorsed for president by The Boston Globe on Thursday. The endorsement comes just five days before the New Hampshire caucus and is a well-received coup for a campaign that’s struggled to win endorsements and backings of major national or regional newspapers or political icons. LINK

NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold: “New Hampshire primary voters get up close and personal with GOP candidates” What do you learn when you try to meet every single Republican presidential candidate in person? You learn that Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) is awful at small talk. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a ham, breaking into funny voices and goofy faces. And former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is . . . not like that at all. “Like talking to your doctor,” one voter remembered. LINK

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