The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, September 10, 2012

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

MITT ROMNEY ABC News' David Kerley: " Mitt Romney 'Not Getting Rid of All of Health Care Reform'" Mitt Romney raised some eyebrows today when he said, "I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform." That sounded quite different from the mantra he has repeated for months, that he would "repeal Obamacare." Though the Romney campaign quickly said there has been no change in position, it's clear that despite the rhetoric, the Republican nominee would keep some of the popular elements of President Obama's healthcare reform act. LINK

ABC News' Rick Klein: " 'World News' Political Insights: Mitt Romney's Ohio Problem" Forget post-convention bounces - the numbers that really matter are in the battleground states, where President Obama's polling advantage is more concerning to Mitt Romney's team than any national numbers. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, and Romney isn't in a strong position to become the first. LINK Bloomberg's Kathleen Hunter and Roxana Tiron: " Romney Sidesteps Details of Tax Plan for Top Earners" Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he'll reduce the number of deductions and exemptions for high-income taxpayers, while declining to say which ones he would get rid of as part of his plan. Romney said he wants to reduce tax rates while maintaining the revenue collected by the government. The goal, he said, is to not lower taxes on high income earners while cutting them for middle income earners by doing away with the taxes they would pay on interest, dividends and capital gains. LINK

Boston Globe's Callum Borchers: " Romney vows to hold down taxes on middle class" Mitt Romney, in a television interview that aired Sunday, sought to reassure middle-class voters that he would not raise their taxes and offer big breaks to millionaires, as Democrats charge. And though he has called for wholesale repeal of President Obama's national health care law, Romney said in the interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is "not getting rid of all of health care reform." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray and Laura Meckler: " Romney Struggles to Gain Traction in Battlegrounds" With two months to Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces the disconcerting reality that he isn't winning most of the states he would need to beat President Barack Obama. A new Public Policy Polling survey released Sunday, taken after both parties' conventions, found Mr. Obama leading Mr. Romney 50% to 45% in Ohio, an improvement on the president's earlier advantage. Meanwhile, Florida and Virginia remained neck and neck. LINK

ROMNEY & RYAN The Hills' Jeremy Herb: " Dems highlight divide between Ryan, Romney on sequester vote" The Obama campaign on Sunday sought to spotlight a divide on the GOP ticket as it jumped on Mitt Romney's calling Republican support of the sequestration deal - including that of his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) - a "big mistake." The division between Romney and Ryan was on display during the Sunday news shows, as Romney criticized the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) on NBC's "Meet the Press," while Ryan defended his vote for the bill on CBS's "Face the Nation." LINK

MEDICARE The Los Angeles Times' Maeve Reston and Christi Parsons: " Romney and Obama trade shots over tax-cut math, Medicare" After a week in which Democrats repeatedly attacked his economic plan as beneficial to the rich and devastating to the poor, Republican nominee Mitt Romney insisted Sunday that his tax and budget proposals would help rebuild the middle class in America. During a series of lengthy talk show interviews, Romney and his running mate, Paul D. Ryan, declined to go into detail on how they would pay for across-the-board tax cuts while balancing the budget over two terms in office. LINK

The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " Obama uses Medicare study to court Florida seniors" Armed with a study by a former adviser, President Obama is stepping up his attacks on Republican rival Mitt Romney over the future health of Medicare as both campaigns battle for the votes of seniors that could decide the election. Florida is ground zero for the Medicare debate, as both candidates try to persuade the swing-state's voters that their opponent would wreck the entitlement program. With 29 electoral votes, the Sunshine State is vital to both campaigns' strategies for winning the election. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA USA Today's Susan Page: " Obama gets post-convention bounce in surveys" Forget the pundits: Three national surveys released Sunday show President Obama getting a noticeable bounce in the wake of the Republican and Democratic conventions, opening a small lead in a race that has been essentially tied for months. Bounces by definition can dissipate as quickly as they arrive, and it's possible that the disappointing jobs report released Friday could dampen movement toward Obama. LINK

The Washington Post's David Nakamura: " Obama campaign gets a lift in Florida" Is this the lift President Obama was looking for on his campaign bus tour through Florida? In this key swing state, Obama stopped at Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant, where he was greeted by owner Scott Van Duzer, a muscular man dressed in a gray T-shirt and matching athletic shorts. LINK

2012 ELECTION The New York Times' Ethan Bronner: " A Tight Election May Be Tangled in Legal Battles" The November presidential election, widely expected to rest on a final blitz of advertising and furious campaigning, may also hinge nearly as much on last-minute legal battles over when and how ballots should be cast and counted, particularly if the race remains tight in battleground states. LINK

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