Bush 41 to endorse Romney
March 28th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Bush 41 to endorse Romney

Washington (CNN) - In another sign the GOP establishment is coalescing behind Mitt Romney, former President George H.W. Bush is scheduled to formally endorse the Republican frontrunner on Thursday.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman confirmed Bush is expected to officially throw his support behind the GOP contender at an event in Houston, near the former president's home.

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Before Wednesday's campaign announcement, the Bush family had already signaled its support for Romney. Earlier this month, the campaign recruited former first lady Barbara Bush to record pro-Romney robo-calls in the days leading up the Ohio primary on Super Tuesday.

"We have known the Romneys for years and believe Mitt is the best man to lead the country for the next four years and Ann will make a great first lady," Mrs. Bush said on the call.

Last December, Bush made it clear he intended to support Romney in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.

"I think Romney is the best choice for us," former President Bush told the Houston Chronicle.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed Romney last week.

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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Riotous

    Wow, the kiss of death from another flip-flopper. "Read My Lips No New Taxes" Bush, who immediately raised taxes once he was elected. Birds of a feather.....

    Republicans: we're not just laughing, we're laughing in your sad little faces.

    What a pathetic bunch of Presidential candidates. "Etch a Sketch" vs the guy who says "Etch a Sketch" is the worst Republican in America. Wow.

    Oh , and to those who are hoping ACA is struck down by SCOTUS: they are going to uphold most of it. What they will strike down is the REPUBLICAN part of it, the mandate.

    So whine on, Repugs. You're laughable, and largely irrelevant.

    March 28, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. the Situation

    I guess he is going senile? Didn't Bush 41, Pops, already endorsed Mitts 3-4 months ago? Then again, who cares if 41 Endorses Romney.

    March 28, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. B

    What else would you expect...? The Wealthy support the Wealthy no matter what –

    March 28, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. DaveSEMass

    There's a perfect endorsement from a guy who subverted the consitution with the Iran / Contra Affair. The Kevin Phillips book American Dynasty lays out Bush's involvement in great detail. Bush 41 should have been put on trial for treason and would have in almost any other era. He and Romney are quite a pair. Romney's sleazy vascilation on issues reminds me greatly of Bush 41, who reversed himself on many positions to be more electable, too.

    March 28, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. John

    Just like a Bush. Wait to make sure you're endorsing a winner.

    March 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. fofo

    Bush family are disgraced. They all have too many spot of shame on their forehead. I think they should really shutup and crawl back into their snake hole. No one cares about their endorsement and/or the lack of it.

    March 28, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Lolo

    These republicans cry the same old song. They are so afraid to move forward. They keep feeding their base a bunch of BS to get elected. I can not believe that they are so stupid as not to do the research themselves. Is it that most of them cannot read? They have rings through the GOP base noses and pull them around like the fools they are. They just believe anything. Me for one am tired of picking up the tab of someone elses medical bills and I guarantee you that most of the people without medical insurance are in the south and midwest. They need to do a poll on who has insurance and who do not. The republicans are counting on the stupid people so that they can keep those pockets of theis full of cash. As for the endorsement of Bush 1 who cares, He didn't make an impression on the country in any shape or form as far as policies goes. He does get credit for serving his country, but remeber he is not the only one to have served in the military.

    March 28, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. RINO Bil

    Yeah, like Bush 41 was going to endorse one of those three poor candidates. He only like wealthy people and besides, he endorsed G.W. Bush twice! So how discerning can this guy be?

    March 28, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    I actually like Bush 41, and this endorsement is not a surprise. Truth, with regards to your statement about how direct election of Senators has diminished the power of states: do you know why people called for direct election of senators? It was done in response to the rampant corruption that existed in state legislatures ( look up realtionship between the Industrialist and the PA state leg), something Madison noticed and which led to his support of the Constitutional Convention, and that persisted unchecked until the first Senators were elected directly, bypassing the legislatures. Your statements about money going back to the states and having too many strings attached: not making the states accountable to some extent for the federal dollars received is utterly irresponsible, but perfectly in line with the Red State welfare mentality. If they want federal dollars, they need to abide by the rules. Block granting was the worst possible solution Congress ever came up with, but it certainly helped conservatives to stay in office down South. No surprise that Newt Gingrich championed the idea: his district was one of the largest, if not the largest recipient of pork when he was Speaker. Typical rightie double-speak in action.

    March 28, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. PabloAnciano

    Bush 41 was a class act compared to the last "three". I believe that there are going to be more "blue dog democrats" that espouse Romney than "yallar – yellow dog democrats" that fear him. Isn't Romney a Christian? (Church of Jesus Christ ....)

    March 28, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Dante666

    wow now there is a reason to vote for him?

    March 28, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. coy4one

    Those who look at this in a realistic way will know that any Bush endorsement is not a mandate for re-election. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Bush, Sr., but he was a one-time President and except for his (and Barbara's) tireless devotion to a multitude of charities and causes, they have for the most part stayed away from politics, regardless of party. It may be their intention to attempt to unite the GOP, but the Bush family represents an old-party mindset. They are not considered to be within the current mainstream, or Tea Party type of Republican politicians. This was evident with Mrs. Bush’s comments about “hating” the way the GOP campaigns are running in this election.

    March 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)


    Domican mama– That WAS quoting the robo-call made by Barbara Bush not a new quote from HW
    Well no wonder it sounded so similar! LOL! I stand corrected. Thanks. Bush is scheduled to endorse Mittens tomorrow, my rushed reading bad.

    March 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    GHW to Mittens: From one flip-flopper to another.

    GHW rightly called Reagan's trickle-down economic "voodoo economics" .... then promptly shut up when he was tapped as Reagan's VP.

    GHW's family had a long history of supporting planned parenthood (like Mittens' family) ... until the religious right took over the GOP.

    GHW famously (and foolishly said), "Read my lips: No new taxes." and then raised them (like Reagan did 11 times before him) when the reality of our nation's economy became apparent and taxes needed to be raised.

    So, yeah, Bush endorses Mittens. Birds of a feather ....

    March 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Attila, The Hun

    This should be a big boost to Romney's campaign.

    March 28, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Didn't he also back Jeb's "kill anyone and walk" bill in 2005?

    March 28, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Demo to Replican

    Im leaving the Democat party after long supporting. Mitt Romney is just more prepared for this job. If I were king of the world and needed someone to safely run America, based on a resume and experience, I would give the job to Romney hands down for the skill set we need right now.

    March 28, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Like most republicans, HW has a short memory. He reluctantly endorsed Rommy instead of Perry three months ago.

    March 28, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |

    I am endorsing for President Obama's defeat.

    March 28, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Woman in California:

    "...but I still respect Bush, Sr. to some degree. He at least SERVED his country..."
    Quite true.

    March 28, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Big Al

    George H. W. Bush was a pretty good president and he deserved to win in 1992. Ross Perot can be thanked for that. It's too bad that George W. ruined the Bush name.

    March 28, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Dave

    I do respect George Bush 1, he was a ww2 pilot & I believe a very decent man. However he is endorsing a yahoo who already wants to provoke a new arms race with Russia. Im tellin you, this draft dodgin, hidin money in caymans, earmarkin, senden jobs overseas, filfty rich, non carin bout middle class, Limbaugh lovin, coward towards womans right somebody is not the man for the job. Mr personalitys got so many skeletons in his closet I could go on for weeks!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. SMJ

    Kiss of death from President "Read My Lips!" He sired the vile GW and Jeb. Who really cares what this one-term geezer has to say?

    March 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. vatoloke

    Senility Bush endorsement for Reversable Mittens? Why are we not surprised? What are the oldtimers supposed to do? Endorse Obama? Hey, now that's a thought!

    March 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. geg

    he made a fortune ripping off central american drug dealers -ask noriaga if you can get near him

    March 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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