The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday July 6, 2012

Jul 6, 2012 3:36am

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’ Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson, and Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA
ABC News’ Mary Bruce: “Obama Highlights Family background on Campaign Trail in Ohio” President Obama is highlighting his modest family background as he travels throughout Northern Ohio, sharing personal stories in an effort to better relate to the voters of this battleground state. The president told supporters in the small town of Parma tonight that he promised in his last election to “try to make sure that every single one of you had the same chances as my family had, because I saw myself in you.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee: “Obama Returns to Retail Politics in Ohio” President Barack Obama dusted off his retail politicking skills Thursday for a pair of unannounced stops at a cash-only diner in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and a farmers market in nearby Port Clinton. Mr. Obama, who kicked off his first 2012 campaign bus tour Thursday, has yet to delve into the small-town glad-handing with individual voters this cycle. Most of his events on the campaign trail have been glitzy fundraisers and big rallies. LINK

 Bloomberg’s Kate Anderson Brower and Mike Dorning: “Obama Awaits Jobs Report on Bus Tour of Swing States” Jobs growth returns to the forefront of the U.S. presidential campaign today as the Labor Department releases a report on unemployment and President Barack Obama wraps up a bus tour through two battleground states. The monthly jobs report, due at 8:30 a.m. New York time, has taken on so much political significance amid voter discontent with the economy that it amounts to a regular “referendum” on the president, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication in Philadelphia. LINK

 MITT ROMNEY
USA Today’s Martha Moore: “Romney campaign goes on voter blitz for ‘Super Saturday’” Mitt Romney’s campaign is pretending Saturday is the day before Election Day. Romney volunteers will canvass in swing states on Saturday. Romney volunteers will canvass in swing states on Saturday. In the first of a series of massive volunteer mobilization efforts, the campaign and the Republican Party will undertake “Super Saturday,” a day when GOP volunteers call and canvass hundreds of thousands of swing-state voters, just as they will before Nov. 6. LINK

Boston Globe’s Callum Borchers: “Mitt Romney ups fund-raising bar with June haul” Mitt Romney’s joint fund-raising committee hauled in more than $100 million in June, according to a report by Politico, an impressive encore to May, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee beat President Obama on the ledger for the first time. Romney’s latest one-month total is his best by far, outpacing the $76.8 million he raised last month. Rumors of Romney’s big month had swirled for a couple of weeks, sounding alarms in the Obama camp. LINK

 The Hill’s Jonathan Easley: “GOP official: Romney raised $100 million for the month of June” A senior Republican official said the Mitt Romney campaign raised over $100 million in June. Rick Wiley, the GOP’s national political director, made the claim in a tweet sent to Obama campaign director Jim Messina and senior campaign advisor David Axelrod. LINK

The New York Times’ Richard A. Oppel Jr.: “Romney Reportedly Considering Foreign-Policy Tour” Mitt Romney, who is planning to travel to Israel and London this summer, is now also considering stops in Germany and Poland, according to a report in Politico. If he were to go through with those plans, it would create an itinerary that would seem intended to highlight places where Mr. Romney feels he can draw substantive distinctions going forward with President Obama on foreign policy. LINK

 Politico’s Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin: “Exclusive: Romney weighs foreign-policy tour” Mitt Romney’s campaign is considering a major foreign policy offensive at the end of the month that would take him to five countries over three continents and mark his first move away from a campaign message devoted almost singularly to criticizing President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, sources tell POLITICO. The tentative plan being discussed internally would have Romney begin his roll-out with a news-making address at the VFW convention later this month in Reno, Nev. LINK

 ABC NEWS VIDEO
Romney Vacation, Obama CampaignsLINK

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