Sep 26, 2011 8:30 PM by Gene Cotton
NEW YORK (AP) - Mitt Romney has become the latest Republican presidential candidate to meet with Donald Trump.
Romney got together with Trump for about 45 minutes today at the real estate mogul's office in New York.
Earlier this month, Rick Perry dined with Trump at a fancy Manhattan restaurant. Sarah Palin, who's still toying with a possible presidential bid, shared pizza with Trump and his wife in Times Square a few months ago. And in July, Michele Bachmann visited Trump's penthouse atop the Trump Tower.
The major hopefuls have all sought an audience with Trump just months after President Barack Obama dismissed the TV reality show personality as a "carnival barker" for raising questions about Obama's citizenship.
Republican strategists say candidates could learn a lot politically from Trump, whose aggressive criticism of Obama and blunt portrait of the U.S. as a nation in decline resonated with conservative voters.