The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, February 10, 2012

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Feb 10, 2012 4:10am

Compiled by ABC News’ Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson, Amanda Van Allen, and Carrie Halperin

PRESIDENT OBAMA
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer and Jake Tapper: “Obama, No Same-Sex Marriage Supporter, Solicits Cash at Home of Lesbian Couple” President Obama, who has opposed same-sex marriage but is said to be “evolving” on the issue, this evening is attending a fundraiser at the home of a lesbian couple whose 2008 Chicago nuptials were described in a local paper as the “wedding of the season.” Obama will collect an estimated $1.4 million for his re-election campaign from an intimate group of around 40 gay and lesbian supporters at the home of Karen Dixon and Dr. Nan Schaffer in Washington, D.C., according to a campaign official. LINK

RICK SANTORUM
The New York Times’ Manny Fernandez: “Santorum Adjusting to Star Treatment on Trail” A crowd of well-wishers and autograph-seekers surrounded Rick Santorum at an event hall here this week. The place was packed; dozens of men, women and children stranded outside stood in the cold just to catch a glimpse of him. LINK

MITT ROMNEY
The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner and Rosalind Helderman: “Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign stuck in lukewarm” Republicans are expressing fresh concerns that Mitt Romney is limping toward the presidential nomination, suffering new blows at the very moment he needs to grow stronger if he is to take on President Obama in November. LINK

USA Today’s Martha T. Moore: “Romney’s negative ads could cost him voters” As Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigned in Oklahoma on Thursday, he ripped his rival Mitt Romney for “serially tearing down opponents without offering any kind of vision for what he wants to do for this country.” Santorum’s lament has already been sung — with encores — by former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has twice been on the receiving end of millions of dollars of attack advertising from Romney and his supporters. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Peter Nicholas: “Romney Matches Obama in Stance on Outside Groups” Mitt Romney has decided to allow senior aides to headline fund-raising events held by a pro-Romney organization, a move that blurs the line between his official campaign and supporting groups that are supposed to be independent. The move follows a similar one by President Barack Obama, who said Monday he will allow cabinet secretaries and other senior aides to appear at fund-raising events for an independent pro-Obama political-action committee. LINK

PAC
The Hill’s Josh Lederman: “Santorum, Romney to face off in high-stakes appeal to party faithful” Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will appear in the same venue Friday for the first time since Santorum handed Romney a three-pronged defeat earlier in the week. Both will be competing for the support of the same cluster of die-hard conservatives — more than 10,000 in total — who have amassed for the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael A. Memoli: “Conservatives gather to hear GOP candidates, criticize Obama” Conservative activists began a three-day gathering in the nation’s capital Thursday with a clear mission — defeating President Obama— if not a clear sense of how to get there.  Thousands have descended on a Washington hotel for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at a time when the race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken yet another unexpected turn. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS
Sen. DeMint: GOP Race Could Go Until ConventionLINK

 

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