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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Trump and Huntsman: The Donald’s too busy; Romney’s a ‘missing father’ (read-this roundup)

Oooh, a Huntsman-Trump spat?

Donald Trump is too busy to return Jon Huntsman’s calls. (Alberto Lowe / Reuters)
Sounds like there’s some tension there. See, the Donald is doing the American people a service by vetting the various candidates remaining in the GOP field, our colleague Phil Rucker reports, and though he’s met with the frontrunners, he and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. haven’t sat down together.

Seems Trump is just toooo busy doing mogul-y things.

In Trump’s new book, he writes that Huntsman called him “a number of times” but the real-estate mogul/kingmaker “was unbelievably busy doing a deal” and couldn’t get back to him.

Keep calling, Jon!

Elsewhere, Dafna Linzer dissects the etiquette of the pardon. And since the holidays are a time when we deal with our kookiest of relatives, here’s an interesting tidbit, courtesy of our colleagues Peter Wallsten and Anne Kornblut: According to an actual recent focus group, GOP voter said the kin that former House Speak Newt Gingrich most reminded them of was a “favorite uncle” or “grandfather.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, on the other hand was described as the “missing father” or “second cousin.”

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