The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, April 20, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Apr 20, 2012 3:16am

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 and Carrie Halperin

OBAMA/ROMNEY
ABC News’ Oliver Knox: “Obama spokesman: Romney ‘oversensitive’ to ‘silver spoon’ remark” According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, President Barack Obama wasn’t referring to Mitt Romney when he said at a campaign-style event Wednesday: “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” “Those of you who have covered President Obama know that he has used that phrase to describe his background many times in the past,” Carney told reporters. LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer: “Romney Visits Factory Closed Under Bush, Blames Obama” Mitt Romney visited an Ohio factory, closed when President George W. Bush was in office, to make the case that the economic policies of President Barack Obama prevented the facility and others like it from reopening. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston “Mitt Romney follows President Obama to Ohio with a different vision” Eager to show conservative Republicans that he’s ready to take the fight to President Obama, Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday at a dusty drywall factory shuttered when George W. Bush was president — making the case that Obama’s economic policies have failed to revive the nation’s economy. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH
ABC News’ Elicia Dover: “Who Let the Dog Fight Out? Gingrich Did” Don’t forget who started this dog fight. In January, when the Republican nomination was a two-man race between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the attack ads were flying. LINK

LATINO VOTE
USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: ” Both parties reaching out for Hispanics” In the partisan general election environment, the importance of the Hispanic electorate is one rare area of agreement between the two parties. The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Obama campaign launched dueling outreach programs this week to court this growing bloc of voters — a pitch to Latino voters that’s likely to continue throughout the 2012 cycle. LINK

MITT ROMNEY
The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook: “Romney Visits Empty Factory to Mock Obama” Mitt Romney, shadowing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, went to the battleground state of Ohio to appear at a shuttered industrial warehouse to dramatize his complaints about the incumbent’s economic policies. “It underscores the failure of this president’s policies with regard to getting the economy moving,” Mr. Romney said standing in a cavernous, empty warehouse festooned with a banner that read `Obama Isn’t Working.’ LINK

Poliico’s Manu Raju: “Rubio’s Dream puts Mitt in a Bind” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has thrust himself into the raging illegal immigration debate, proposing a plan that would create a path to legal status for children of illegal immigrants — putting him at odds with an immoveable wing of the Republican Party on this issue. It’s a risky move for a potential vice presidential candidate, and it puts presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a pickle as he may have to decide whether to back an immigration plan rolled out by one of the party’s rising Hispanic stars, or stick to the strident anti-illegal immigrant positions he staked out during the Republican primary. LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “In Boston, Romney Ramps Up for Fall” Mitt Romney’s nondescript base camp on the outskirts of the North End of Boston has until now seemed too large for his presidential campaign — roughly 15,000 square feet of space on the first floor has sat largely empty and unused, even during Mr. Romney’s first presidential bid in 2008. LINK

The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman and Sandhya Somashekhar: “Romney gaining conservatives’ support, if not their hearts” Mitt Romney was not his first choice for president, but conservative political activist Scott Magill has come to accept that Romney is now his only choice. So Magill is looking for reasons to get jazzed about the candidate he once dismissed. LINK

The Washington Times’ Ralph Hallow: “Romney winning over key GOP skeptics” Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to be making progress at a gathering of key party officials here, winning expressions of support from some formerly skeptical state party chairmen and elected members of the Republican National Committee. LINK

The Hill’s Amie Parnes: “Twin GSA, Secret Service scandals pose new threat to Obama” The General Services Administration (GSA) and Secret Service scandals have been a distraction for the White House as it moves toward the general election and fights the perception of an out-of-control government. The double dose of scandals has made it difficult for the White House to get its message out, and Republicans have piled on, pushing a tone of cynicism and disappointment with a government they say needs to be reined in.  LINK

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