If you’re looking for the Republican presidential nomination, you’d better get the Donald’s blessing. Both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann (as well as Sarah Palin, hmmm) have paid visits to Trump, and Mitt Romney met Trump this afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reports. But Romney ducked out rather than face reporters lingering outside: Hanging out with the journos, Romney's operations director suddenly told them the candidate had left an hour before, Fox News reports.
"Chicken Mitt!!" wrote DNC spokesperson Brad Woodhouse in a quick email. "Bwok-Bwok!" Democrats are even using the opportunity to ridicule both men—check out the DNC ad in the gallery. But Trump took a calmer tone in a Fox News chat after the duck-out: "I thought he was very good at the debate ... I did tell him that," Trump said. Better than his characterization of Romney back in April as "a basically small business guy ... [who] walked away with some money from a very good company that he didn't create."