So yesterday, the Republican Party of Iowa released, in the name of executive director Chuck Laudner, a statement about the cancellation of a planned debate in December.

Laudner blamed the "frontrunner" Romney campaign for canceling, a rare and unusual rebuke from a state party to a candidate.

The Romney brain trust was rather upset. And late today, the chairman of the Iowa GOP, Ray Hoffmann, apologized.

"DES MOINES -- Yesterday, members of our staff put out a misleading
statement concerning Mitt Romney and the cancellation of the RPI/FOX NEWS debate. We regret this statement."

"The facts are that a number of campaigns had scheduling conflicts, such that the debate could not take place."

Tomorrow's Iowa news, tonight.

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