(ALTOONA, Iowa) -- Five of the Republican presidential hopefuls came to wish Gov. Terry Branstad a happy birthday Saturday night at a theme park here as the Iowa governor celebrated his 65th birthday.
As he is one of the most influential Republicans in the state and his is an endorsement all of the candidates would love, those who want to win the Jan. 3 caucuses came to kiss his ring, but one was noticeably missing.
Mitt Romney missed both the party and a forum sponsored by a Christian conservative group in Des Moines, instead choosing to hold a town hall in New Hampshire. Despite opening up his headquarters this week in Iowa, he has chosen to skip the traditional campaign cattle calls and tonight was no different.
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