The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, March 30, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Mar 30, 2012 3:03am

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’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Carrie Halperin, and Eric McLaughlin

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Times’ Susan Crabtree: “Obama’s campaign cash haul trailing pace of ’08” With the president’s re-election fundraising drive thus far coming up short of his record-breaking 2008 pace, Team Obama — with the president and first lady Michelle Obama in the lead — is pushing hard to pump up the money figures ahead of Saturday’s financial-reporting deadline. LINK

MITT ROMNEY:
The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “Romney Supporters Yearning for the Personal Side” The voters were pleading with Mitt Romney to share personal details of his life. They stood at town-hall-style meetings and chatted before rallies, clamoring for a story or an anecdote that would help them connect with the real Mitt Romney. LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Mitt Romney prepares to challenge Obama on foreign policy” Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is preparing to broaden his challenge to President Obama’s management of foreign affairs, sensing political vulnerability in an area in which the incumbent has received his strongest public support. LINK

Politico’s Juana Summers: “In Wis., Rick and Mitt embrace Gov. Walker” Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are hitching themselves to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in hopes of gaining an edge in Tuesday’s presidential primary. Both presidential candidates are embracing Walker ahead of the June 5 gubernatorial recall race, which is energizing GOP activists and sucking up more oxygen than the GOP race. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Finnegan: “Santorum and Romney play to Wisconsin conservatives at their peril” For Republican, Wisconsin and its embattled governor have come to symbolize the danger of lurching too far to the right in a presidential battleground state. Now, the party’s top White House contenders are running the risk of making the same stumble as Tuesday’s primary nears. LINK

The Hill’s Justin Sink: “Romney ad mocks Obama as ‘best president at piling on debt’” Mitt Romney released a new Web ad Thursday that mocks President Obama for bragging about his accomplishments as president, arguing he’s only excelled at “piling on debt.” The ad accuses Obama of having “named himself one of the country’s four best presidents — better than George Washington, John F. Kennedy and even Ronald Reagan.”  LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr: “Romney’s Hawkish Stands Drawing Attention” Mitt Romney’s labeling of Russia this week as America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe” has drawn attention to his emerging hawkishness on several foreign policy fronts, from China’s monetary policy to the war in Afghanistan—a trend that contrasts to his more muted style on domestic issues. LINK

SUPER PAC:
USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten and Ray Locker: “Donors to Romney super PAC have ties to for-profit colleges” For-profit colleges and individuals with ties to them have donated $430,000 to a super PAC spending millions of dollars to help elect Republican Mitt Romney to the presidency — as the industry faces intense federal scrutiny over recruitment practices, educational quality and the amount of debt its students incur. The Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, contributed $75,000 last month to Restore Our Future, a super PAC run by former Romney aides. LINK

LATINO VOTE:
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “Latinos Could Swing Election, But Turnout Might Disappoint” Latinos, the nation’s fastest-growing voting bloc, are poised to play a potentially decisive role in this fall’s presidential election, but new data suggests that turnout might fall short of lofty projections, which could change the fate of the race for the White House. The number of registered Latino voters has dropped significantly in recent years, from 11.6 million in 2008 to 10.9 million in 2010, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “GOP fears Latino revolt” Republicans worried about their party’s standing with Hispanic voters have launched an election-year scramble to put a better face on their party’s immigration problem. Above all, key Republicans are pushing a change in rhetoric, urging Mitt Romney to shift tactics away from the strident comments he’s made during the primary season in hopes of convincing Hispanic voters that Republicans will give immigrants a fair deal. LINK

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