The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, October 9, 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, Amanda VanAllen, and Carrie Halperin

PRESIDENT OBAMA: The Wall Street Journal's Liz Rappaport and Brody Mullins: " Goldman Turns Tables on Obama Campaign" When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, no major U.S. corporation did more to finance his campaign than Goldman Sachs Group Inc. This election, none has done more to help defeat him. LINK

MITT ROMNEY: ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg and Dana Hughes: " Foreign Posture vs. Foreign Policy" Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign promised he would outline a "stark contrast" between his proposals and President Obama's "failed" efforts to put an American stamp on the evolving face of the Middle East. But a closer look at Romney's remarks today in Virginia reveal a varied gameplan, with some policies surprisingly similar to the president's and others, as advertised, broadly divergent. LINK

The Hill's Julian Pecquet and Justin Sink: " Romney looks to drive home argument that Obama is weak" Mitt Romney's foreign policy address Monday hammered home his argument that voters should oust an in-over-his-head President Obama. With 29 days to go before Election Day, Romney worked hard to capitalize on a strong debate performance last week that polls suggest has voters giving his candidacy a second look. A Pew Research poll released Monday afternoon showed Romney with a 4-point lead. LINK

The New York Daily News' Kristen Lee: " Romney attacks Obama's Middle East policy in speech to Virginia military cadets" Gaining ground in several new polls, a resurgent Mitt Romney on Monday sought to burnish his foreign policy credentials with a major policy speech attacking President Obama's handling of the Middle East. He accused Obama of emboldening Iran, alienating Israel, abandoning Syrian rebels, withdrawing troops from Iraq too abruptly and mishandling the consulate attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens. LINK

2012 CAMPAIGN: USA Today's Catalina Camia: " Pew: Romney leads Obama among likely voters" Mitt Romney now leads President Obama by 4 percentage points among likely voters after a strong debate performance last week, according to polling by the Pew Research Center. The GOP presidential nominee has a 49% to 45% edge, Pew says. Last month, Obama had an 8-point advantage among those most likely to vote in the Pew survey. LINK

Bloomberg's Lisa Lerer: " Romney Courts Military, Obama Woos Latinos in Tight Race" With polls showing the election tightening, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are appealing to core constituencies, with the Republican challenger using two visits in Virginia to reach out to military voters and the president wooing Hispanic support.Romney, buoyed by his victory in the presidential debate last week, struck an assured tone. "People wonder why it is I'm so confident we're going to win," a soaked Romney told several hundred supporters standing in the rain at a rally yesterday in Newport News, Virginia. "I'm confident because I see you here on a day like this." LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Round of polls shows tight race after Obama-Romney debate" Powered by his widely-acclaimed debate performance last week, Mitt Romney has closed a 9 percentage-point gap and is once again tied with President Obama in the latest The Washington Times/Zogby Poll conducted by Zogby Analytics, released Monday. LINK

PAUL RYAN: Los Angeles Times' Lisa Mascaro: " Paul Ryan's supply-side roots run deep in Washington" Paul D. Ryan was plucked from Congress to be Mitt Romney's running mate largely on his reputation as the wonkish and charismatic House Budget Committee chairman, but under the evening sun at the county fairgrounds he was debating beer. LINK

SWING STATES: The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: " With New Vigor, Romney Resets Ohio Campaign"If one place is emerging as a test of Mitt Romney's ability to capitalize on a new dynamic in the presidential race, it is Ohio, where he is intensifying his advertising, deploying more troops and spending four of the next five days. Ohio, whose 18 electoral votes are critical to Mr. Romney's candidacy, has bedeviled him like no other battleground state. LINK

The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty: " Across the electoral map, a mixed picture for candidates down the ballot" In the past six years, there have been three national elections, each of them producing a wave, in which races up and down the ballot moved in generally the same direction. Democrats won big in 2006 and 2008, only to see those gains reversed in the mid-term election of 2010. This year, however, the better analogy in many states may be a breeze. The presidential contest will ripple the waters but not necessarily determine which way they flow. LINK

Politico's Alexander Burns: " Bill Clinton now appearing … everywhere" Don't look now, but the former president and star of the 2012 Democratic convention is mapping out a pretty intensive general-election campaign schedule. In addition to his appearances for the Obama campaign, Bill Clinton will be at this event tomorrow: President Bill Clinton will endorse four Northern California Democratic candidates at a UC Davis rally hosted by the Davis College Democrats on Tuesday. The candidates, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Ami Bera (CA-07), and Jose Hernandez (CA-10), are all in races identified by the DCCC and NRCC as competitive. LINK

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