The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Jun 19, 2012 4:27am

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

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Holly Bailey: “Mitt Romney: ‘Michigan is a state we can win’” Mitt Romney just felt like chatting. Just after wrapping up his final event in Iowa on day four of his five-day bus tour through battleground states, the Republican nominee briefly made an appearance in the back of his campaign plane to chat up reporters as he prepared to fly to his home state of Michigan for a final day of events. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Finnegan: “Mitt Romney criticizes Obama’s immigration record at campaign rally” Mitt Romney introduced criticism of President Obama’s record on illegal immigration into his standard campaign speech on Monday as he wrapped up a swing across eastern Iowa. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Kerry to play Romney during Obama’s debate prep” President Obama has found the perfect person to portray Mitt Romney in mock debates meant to prepare him for the real thing this fall. LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “Road Trip Helps Romney Brush Up on Banter“  Mitt Romeny’s English is direct and to the point, useful for attacking President Obama on the stump or dismantling his Republican opponents in primary debates. He is even fluent in French. But the one language Mr. Romney doesn’t seem to speak is small talk. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Murray and Patrick O’Connor: “Trying to Hit a Personal Note” In the weeks since he effectively wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has spent more time at private fundraisers than out and about with voters, prompting some in his party to push for him to mix it up with the public and show a more personal side. LINK

The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez: “Mitt Romney bus tour tests out VP possibilities” Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will begin the fourth day of his five-day bus tour on Monday with a visit to Wisconsin, where he’ll be joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at an event in Janesville before heading to neighboring Iowa. Monday’s Trail Mix takes a look at the battlegrounds Romney is visiting — and why the bus tour matters not just in the White House race but also in the race for the VP spot. LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Romney Wrapping Up Six-State Bus Campaign in Native Michigan” Mitt Romney completes his five-day bus tour of battleground states today with stops in his native Michigan, where a narrow win was crucial to his nomination bid and where he aims to pull a surprise in November.  The tour has provided him a chance to focus on challenges facing small communities, test drive potential vice presidential running mates and even briefly pilot a paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi River. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “Romney’s stance on Syria a work in progress” Last November, Mitt Romney rejected calls for the United States to back a no-fly zone and havens to help rebels in Syria, saying that nation’s government “is not bombing its people, at this point, and the right course is not military.” Today, those words have put Romney in an awkward position on what has become one of the most divisive foreign policy issues in the presidential campaign. LINK

Politico’s Darren Samuel Sohn: “Greens give Obama wilting enthusiasm” Environmentalists are furious at President Barack Obama — he failed on cap and trade, his energy message has turned into the more GOP-friendly “all of the above” and he’s all but done talking about global warming. But he’s racking up the endorsements anyway. LINK

The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Jordy Yager: “GOP reels after deft Obama move” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday dropped his plan to push a DREAM Act through Congress before the election — the latest sign of the GOP’s struggle to counter President Obama’s move to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin and Ralph Hallow: “Immigrant decision gets muted reaction” Randy Braden doesn’t have a problem with President Obama’s decision to effectively stop trying to deport many children of illegal immigrants, but he does have a problem with the way he went about it. LINK
The New York Daily News’ Meena Hart Duerson: “Obama’s former Harvard professor: ‘He must be defeated’” President Obama is getting an F from his former professor. Roberto Unger, a Brazilian author, philosopher and politician, posted a video to YouTube last month slamming Obama for failing the average American. “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” Unger says in the video, posted on May 22 as part of his “Beyond” series. LINK

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