The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Jan 10, 2012 3:28am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

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

MITT ROMNEY:
The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Romney comes under attack as New Hampshire primary looms” An assault on Mitt Romney’s business career intensified Monday after the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination made an ­off-the-cuff comment that his opponents say shows he was a corporate predator who sought profits at the expense of workers. LINK

The Hills’ Emily Goodin: “Romney looks forward to South Carolina” Mitt Romney closed his pre-primary rally in New Hampshire by showing he was looking ahead to the next early-voting state. “Let’s take it to the next state after New Hampshire and give me the boost I need, I hope,” he told supporters. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Poll: Romney also leads in Florida” Republicans are focusing on New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday, planning the South Carolina contest on Jan. 21, and looking down the road to Florida on Jan. 31 — where a new poll puts Mitt Romney in the early lead. A Quinnipiac University survey gives Romney 36% of the GOP vote in Florida, ahead of Newt Gingrich (24%), Rick Santorum (16%), Ron Paul (10%), Rick Perry (5%) and Jon Huntsman (2%). LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston Alana Semuels: “Republican rivals rip Romney on eve of New Hampshire primary” Jostling in a last heated day before the New Hampshire primary, Republicans ganged up on front-runner Mitt Romney , accusing him of a callous cluelessness about the economic anxiety facing many Americans. The former Massachusetts governor, appearing at a Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast, gave fuel to his opponents with a comment that included the phrase “I like being able to fire people.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Danny Yadron: “Rivals Attack Romney on Bain“  On the eve of the nation’s first presidential primary, Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals sought to weaken a central plank of his campaign—that his “real world” experience prepared him to fix the economy—by portraying the former governor as a corporate marauder who profited off the misery of others. LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “Jon Huntsman PAC considered Bain ad against Mitt Romney” Before Newt Gingrich’s super PAC paid $40,000 for the stinging anti-Mitt Romney documentary that’s roiling the GOP presidential campaign, Jon Huntsman’s allies expressed interest in it. Veteran GOP adman Fred Davis, who is a key adviser to the pro-Huntsman Our Destiny PAC, was impressed by the introduction to the half-hour documentary, “When Mitt Romney Came to Town,” and took it to his group’s board. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser:  “Mitt Romney responds to attacks on his ‘I like being able to fire people’ line” Mitt Romney this afternoon attempted to counter some of his recent statements that his opponents have seized on, holding a press conference at a metal factory plant here more than a week after his previous press conference. The former Massachusetts governor said his comment earlier in the day – “I like being able to fire people” – was taken out of context, saying that he was referring to insurance companies even as Rick Perry was distributing the audio clip to supporters as a new ring tone. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH:
The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore and Eric Lipton: “A Big Check, and Gingrich Gets a Big Lift” For weeks this winter, as Newt Gingrich’s presidential hopes faltered under the weight of millions of dollars in attack ads paid for by backers of Mitt Romney, a small group of Gingrich supporters quietly lobbied for help from one of the richest men in America: Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino owner and Mr. Gingrich’s longtime friend and patron. LINK

JON HUNTSMAN:
ABC News’ Susan Archer: “Jon Huntsman’s New Hampshire Rise: ‘We Are Ready to Rock and Roll!‘” On the eve of the New Hampshire primary Jon Huntsman took to a platform surrounded by over 300 supporters, and wearing a United States Navy leather jacket, the GOP contender rounded off 170 public events at the very site where he first kicked off his presidential efforts last June. A rarely hyped up and excited Huntsman called out to his supporters, “Are we ready to rock and roll tomorrow?! We are ready to rock and roll!” LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich and David Jackson: “Huntsman expects to pick up momentum in New Hampshire” Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has held more than 170 events in New Hampshire but so far has been denied a seat at the top of the polls here. On Monday, however, he told a group of volunteers the campaign would defy expectations. “We are going to wake up Wednesday morning and we are going to see that there is a different political reality out here and all the conventional wisdom we’ve been hearing about will be upended because that’s what we do here in New Hampshire!” Huntsman said. LINK

RON PAUL:
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Paul’s campaign finds big gender gap to bridge” Ron Paul’s been playing to big crowds in Iowa and New Hampshire, but there’s something striking about them — there are usually way more men than women at his events. LINK

NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY:
The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Jennifer Levitz: “Late Deciders Are Taking Their Sweet Time“  Months after the start of the election season, many people who will vote in the Republican Party’s first presidential primary Tuesday are waiting until the last minute to settle on a candidate. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Gingrich: It Will Be Hard for Romney to Beat ObamaLINK
Huntsman on Working for ObamaLINK

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