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.

Filed under: 2012 • George H.W. Bush • Mitt Romney
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ souptwins:
    I made sure I read the rest of your post unhurriedly. Matter of fact I read it twice. Here are my thoughts: you' sound delusionally paranoid about your Presiden and his intentions; willfully ignorant about provable facts vis-a-vis what he's managed to accomplish with complete obstruction from the Right, and the true reasons behind our deficit, and credit downgrading. Your complete surrender to a Mittens the Flip-Flopper endorsement in light of the fact that the only economic growth Romney knows is that of his portfoliio and that of his crony friends pretty much precludes anything else I would like to add.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 28, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Wake up people

    I bet the people whose jobs Mittens took away don't see him as a savior. What exactly has he done that instills confidence in people? He changes stances the way most people change underwear. You idiots that think he is going to save you will see. Mittens is for the rich and in 4 years when you are out of a job and have lost everything, then I want to hear from you. You gave baby Bush 8 years to muck this country up, with hardly a word against him but you expect President Obama to get it back on track in 3? And yes, it has only been 3 years, he didn't take office until January 2009.

    March 28, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Robert

    So the man who gave us the worst President in history is telling us who we should vote for? Talk about the kiss of death LOL

    March 28, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Squigman

    As a child I watched the news. At that time we (the people in the United States), were shown the May Day parades, in what was considered to be our nemisis the USSR. The cameras would pan to the platform where the reigning rulers were standing. I was always agast at how old they looked, and how apparently closed minded they were. And here stands Bush (41), as lasting tribute to old age, and narrow mindedness. We need help, and it wont be found here.

    March 28, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. tommy a

    “Has anyone noticed that lately when a democratic president leaves office, he continues to serve the people but on a global scale such as Clinton & Carter. However, when republican presidents leave office, they return their ranches and continue to kowtow to corporations and special interest groups, i.e Bush Sr visiting the Saudis. Just a thought. When did you see a recent former republican president continue to serve the people after leaving office?”

    March 28, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. NameJonny Madamada

    Has anybody noticed how none of the repuliklandidaets has never sought or received a similar endorsement from W? Is there any better indictment of the 8yr trainwreck of his tenure in office than the fact that EVERYBODY,even W himself,knows he, and the evil puppet master Cheney are so toxic that “thanks, but no thanks”is what they would hear if they offered

    March 28, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. truthINyouth1988

    I say we go ahead an get Romney in the oval office. American people love everything thats bad for us from hamburgers with pink slime all the way to delusional "hollywood" bound politicians.This is just another joke to all the jokes that keep me laughing.GOD BLESS AMERICA

    March 28, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. cigarman

    As if we needed another reasn to NOT to vote for Romney.

    March 28, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    My dear souptwins, you seem to be enraptured at the thought of a Romney presidency. Did you know that during his single term as governor, he closed the MA debt through a combination of new taxes, fees, and closing business tax loopholes: the fees included a $.02 per gallon gas retail fee that disproportionately affected poorer residents in MA, as well as charging more fro hunting and fishing licenses. His spending cuts caused local property taxes in to rise from 49% to 53% statewide over 4 years. In other words, he used every means at his disposal to close the debt even though it drove jobs out of the state: he added 75,000 in 4 years, which raised the number of people employed in MA by less than 1.5%. He claims to be ajob creator and a manager, yet he has run from the truth about hsi record at every turn, and will do anything and say anything to get what he wants. Do you really think his average of 18-19,000 per year really made a difference in the economy of MA? He won't tell you what kind of kjobs they were, either: ever wonder why? 4 years of being ranked 47th out of 50 is NOT the sign of someone who knows the economy.

    March 28, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Austin

    Support your fellow Texan ,Bush, Paul all the way!

    March 28, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Sean

    Where's his idiot son? You know? The guys Republicans like to pretend never existed?

    March 28, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Slawek

    Bush is a dumb f..k, and so is romney.

    March 28, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I like the way they keep trying to hold Obama to his "he promised to fix it in one-term" . Do you think that any sane person would've thought that the losing Party (yeah I said losing because that with a sprinkling of over-the-top greed and race is what this is really all about) would've made it their ONLY GOAL to ascertain that the incoming President would only serve one term. And do you think that any sane person would've believed 3 years ago that they would go about attempting to do this AT THE EXPENSE OF THE COUNTRY ITSELF? No one would've believed it, but that is exactly what happenned, and that is exactly what the President has had to contend with since he first sat in the Ova, Office. And yet there are still those that want to hold him to what at the time sounded like a sane aspiration....had he been dealing with folks who were willing to put COUNTRY as opposed to PARTY greed and machinations first.
    Obama has worked his butt off,by himself,with little support even from chickenturd Democraps at times. He has earned and will get HIS second term. We middle-class Americans for whom he has taken all this b.s. and has worked tirelessly, and diligently for are going to deliver it to him with a big azz bow on it. You betcha! Wink, wink.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 28, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Tyler1982

    of course he would.

    Obama is destroying this country....Mittens would change nothing.

    March 28, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. joe in ca

    he better not wait till thursday, by the looks of this photo he might not make it till thursday. death is knocking on his door along with chemey's

    March 28, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. steve

    Hmm, a one term president, and father of a two-term loser endorses Romney. I can't wait to hear Junior's endorsement and appearance and speach at the Republican convention – priceless.

    March 28, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Is Mitt a Git?

    To The Real Tom Paine: Perfectly said, and I thank you for pointing these things out.

    My hope is that President Obama's campaign staffers are working "black ops" missions discovering more details on the facts you have written about and will do an "airwaves open fire" if or when Romney gets the nomination.

    I'd like to add that he was very cruel to Seamus, the beautiful Irish Setter who is now departed–and thankfully very far away from the Romney family.

    March 28, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Let me see if I can get this right:

    "I'm sorry but an endorsement from the man who spawned George W. Bush, the man who f'd our economy, and killed thousands in Iraq by lying us into a war that he didn't even have the decency to add to the budget, means absolutely less than bubkis to me".

    And yes I'm aware that the "official" endorsement hasn't been uttered yet....but it's coming.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 28, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Wake up people

    Thank you Dominican Mama, I so enjoy reading your intelligent, insightful posts!

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 28, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Martin

    As usual with the Bush family, too little, too late.

    They waited to see who the front runner was before jumping one way or the other. If the Bush endorsement had of come before Florida primary, it might have meant something. At this point, their endorsement is completely meaningless.

    March 28, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Thinkstr8

    Read my lips; who cares!

    March 28, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Balance Sheet

    For all those who are bashing George W. Bush, I would like to remind you that if you voted against him in 2004 that you voted for John Edwards to be Vice President.


    March 28, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. davebuddy

    George W endorses Sarah Palin or Krusty the Clown.

    March 28, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @Wake up people: Thank you as well babe.

    March 28, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Sarah

    Makes sense to me. The dumb is endorsing the dumb. Just about the time one thinks this cannot get any sillier, it does!

    March 28, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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