Team Romney: Bush backing 'welcome' news
May 15th, 2012
03:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Team Romney: Bush backing 'welcome' news

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign welcomed news of former President George W. Bush's support Tuesday.

"We welcome the president's support, as we welcomed his father's," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul told CNN.

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Earlier Tuesday the 43rd president told ABC News "I'm for Mitt Romney," as the doors of an elevator he was on closed before him.

The remark was the first public support from the former president, whose father, former President George H.W. Bush and mother, Barbara endorsed the presumptive GOP nominee in March.

Bush's younger brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, endorsed Romney in March.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • George W. Bush • Mitt Romney
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  1. Sniffit

    Why not? Deputy Doublethink wants to repeat all of Dubya's mistakes and do it even harder, so of course Dubya's going to support him.

    "Bush had a rough Presdency and made some terrible moves. The worst was increasing our debt 5T in 8 years. Obama managed that feat in 3.5 years..."

    No he didn't, champ. Fact: Dubya's policies ARE STILL IN EFFECT AND INCREASING THE DEBT AND DEFICIT. What's so everloving hard about understanding that? If I take a dump on your doorstep and you fail to wash it off before the mailman comes, do you get to blame the mailman standing on your porch for the turd at your door? NO.

    May 15, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. michaelam

    No surprise here--Bishop Romney stated that he would continue the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy; thus far, the only truthful thing to come out of the Romney camp. I just wonder how the Teabillies will react to this news. A few years back, the Teabillies professed that they hated all things Bush-TARP, deficits, debt, bloated government spending, etc…. Will they now throw their support behind the good Bishop just to get the Black Man out of the White House??? Or will they remain “principled” to their “grass roots” cause and sit out this election?

    May 15, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    "The state of Wisconsin received good news regarding the state's fiscal health last week. Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker announcing that the state will finish the biennium with a budget surplus.

    With $265 million more in revenue than previously expected, the state Department of Revenue now estimates that the state should have a $275.1 million surplus on June 30, 2012, and a $154.5 million surplus on June 30, 2013. The state will be adding $45.4 million to the state's "rainy day" fund at the end of the 2012 fiscal year. It is the first time ever the state has contributed to the fund in consecutive years.

    Governor Scott Walker controlled spending at the state and the local level with the Act 10 reforms to public employee unions' ability to collectively bargain on Benefits, wages, and working conditions. The state did not raise taxes in the last budget cycle, and the median property owner in Wisconsin actually saw a reduction in property taxes. The result is a more stable fiscal outlook for the state in the long term.

    Democrats may be skeptical of the new revenue numbers but they were quick to spend the money. In a letter Monday to Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett requested $25.6 million for assistance to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure. Walker countered by pointing to his proposed $100 million economic assistance package for the city of Milwaukee and reminding the mayor that it was fiscal restraint that made the surplus possible.
    By comparison, Wisconsin's fiscal situation is under control. It's more evidence that increasing taxes and spending is not the solution for a state's fiscal woes."
    ----- is always the case, without fail, democrats are always proven to be wrong. Walker was supposed to be evil incarnate.....all the greasy protestors said so and all the weaselly dem politicians ran to hide in Illinois and here we are....Walker has been proven to be correct.
    That's where are the jobs he promised? Last in the nation in job creation. That's how he got his budget balanced. Is that really the only way to do it, or is the balance sheet the only thing that matters? New York did it without the drama Walker put the state through, and we are outdoing WI in job creation by a mile.

    May 15, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. PoorOldFart

    Boy does Bush look like an old retard or what? And you have this retard supporting the beady eyed pervert, what an easy win for Obama.

    May 15, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |

    Willard, there's something that you need to grasp your head around. There's a club out there that you are not apart of. It's called "The Living United States Presidents." Have you attended any Bohemian Grove ceromonies lately Willard?

    May 15, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Eddie The Barber

    Yeah Baby! That's the one we've been waiting for – the backing of Cheney's VP – W. Bush.
    With endorsors like that – Mitt will go far – far down in the polls where he belongs. "Hey – Let's start a war with Sadam Dick, he doesn't like my daddy and I'd like to spend a few trillion of taxpayer's money to get 'em. We can leave it off the book and if it's not going well and we don't want to talk about it – we can just say 'Mission Acompolished' – huh?"

    May 15, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We welcome the president's support, as we welcomed his father's,"
    Well for Pete's sake, what's he gonna say, "Crawl back under the rock you've been hiding you're the kiss of death"?
    Come on, people.
    Note that they felt compelled to temper the acceptance of the endorsement by mentioning The Shrub's mroe "venerable" father.
    Thieves, vultures, and murderers endorsing each other. Have at it.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    May 15, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Did W. offer to let Mitt use his MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner ?

    May 15, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    @Call – "Bush had a rough Presdency and made some terrible moves. Obama has not had below 8% unemployment since we have been so unfortunate to have elected him along with the slowest recovery recorded since the Great Depression. Bush was a spender but Obama makes his look frugal.
    Dubya having a rough presidency is the understatement of the year. It was FISCALLY TERRIBLE for the country, but GREAT for his cronies and the military-industrial complex. And why is it that the right wing always ignores the FACTS ??Sure unemployment is high.. that was due to the DEPRESSION that Obama averted with the spending. The recovery is SLOW because the Grand Obstructionist Party has blocked, filibustered, grandstanded, back-pedaled and flat out prevented legislative change.
    Who doesn't want ACA? Most definitely NOT the people who benefit from it. It's a GOOD bill. It's 98% REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE PLAN !!! What part do you people not get?? You focus on the decrease in Medicare funding and the individual mandate. Under ACA, Medicare is SUPPOSED TO GO AWAY, as the healthco's will be forced to use 80% of revenue as part of the coverage for pre-existing conditions and those Over-65 (which is what Medicare covers today!) DUH !! Have any of you eve read it ??

    May 15, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. clifton

    bush endorses romney that's great this guy can't tell his right shoe from his say bin linden he say suddum,you say day he say night glad mitt he's on your side.....lmfao

    May 15, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. the Situation


    Bush had a rough Presdency and made some terrible moves. The worst was increasing our debt 5T in 8 years. Obama managed that feat in 3.5 years and gave us a Healthcare bill more than half of us did not want and no one read. Bush had over 50 months of positive job growth which was the longest epansion in history. Obama has not had below 8% unemployment since we have been so unfortunate to have elected him along with the slowest recovery recorded since the Great Depression. Bush was a spender but Obama makes his look frugal.

    May 15, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    How is the search to WMD still going???? Yeah, I thought so!

    Bush was a fool! Clinton left America with a surplus and in its best ecomonic shape in half a century. Bush came in, hell bent to finish off the war that the Hawks, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Co wanted to finish back from 1991, with Sadaam. They spent all the money that Clinton help get back into America, were people were happy, jobs was flowing to a state of emergency. All the lies and decit they used to play on the American people fears, using a college kid mid term report to use to basis the cause to go to War with Iraq. The ecomomy was already going bad since 2006, but most Americans didn't realize that because the focus was on the Wars in the Middle East that American Taxpayers were funding, while the true ememy was still at larger, to which Bush said, he didn't care or worried about Osama.

    Bottomline: Bush, Cheney and the rest of that Adminstration was a joke and unfortunately the American people had to suffer 8 years of his policies and lies

    May 15, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. v_mag

    The comments here from the right wingers are trying to divert our attention from the fact that Bush put us on the road to hell and that Rob-money = Bush. Wanna go back to Bush/hell? Flipper will show us the way down.

    May 15, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Now all Romney needs is Eichmann Cheney's endorsement and the GOP can officially return to the good old days of their Brownshirt Regime.

    May 15, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Bill, NY

    Welcome news for the Obama campaign!

    May 15, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. thebob.bob

    The worst President EVER gives the worst endorsement EVER for the worst "Republican" candidate EVER??


    May 15, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    No surprise here. I've said all along Rmoney is GWB v.2 minus the compassion and public speaking skills. Rmoney is surrounded with Bush boys and his goal is to run US further into the ground while doling out more corporate welfare and tax breaks to the filthy rich. It's not like he's hiding this. His neocon advisors are well known and his "plan" (along with Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan's) is for the Bush tax cuts on steroids and an increased deficit. These facts are already out there yet the mentally deficient GOBP cult followers seem not to know or don't care.

    May 15, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. 1CentFree

    Of course he does!! Who the hell else is Bush going to support? Obama? A democrat? The man who showed Bush up by taking out Bin Laden when he and the warmonger could not? These announcements of republicans supporting republicans are such a waste of time. Say something when a known republican actually supports a democrat or vice-versa. Otherwise, don't waste the server memory on such drivel.

    May 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. mcskadittle

    That is defiantly one endorsement he can do without, the guy that very nearly destroyed our country

    May 15, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Romney is not My Hero

    George "Double Duh" Bush has finally come out of hiding to endorse the GOPer's robot (while the elevator doors were closing – HA!). Great news for our President. Thanks!

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 15, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    That is defiantly one endorsement he can do without, the guy that very nearly destroyed our country

    ...endorsing the guy that can finish the job. How apropo.

    May 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Wes B.

    Apparently Romney just wants to go back to the days of W Bush. That's fine...if we want to repeat the financial disaster Bush created.

    Please remember what a financial disaster 2007 and 2008 were (before Obama was ever elected...much less in office). Those were Bush policies that led to the financial meltdown that nearly sent our country into a second Great Depression.

    Please remember this history when Mitt Romney speaks about his ideas of Trickle Down economics and cutting taxes and giving benefits to the rich. It doesn't all.

    May 15, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Cash

    The thing I love about Bush is I do not think he will lose one wink of sleep over any angst or ugliness spewed in his direction. I see him Dallas often and people love the guy. A friend of mine said that he saw someone say something ugly to him at a Ranger game and the guy started to get pummeled but police stepped in and and the guy decided to leave. He said it was hilarious.

    May 15, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Pete

    Ha!,now ya got the curse Romney ,from one loser to another.Bush came out of hiding to endorse,ya hear that endorse someone,that's a joke but where's the punch line,haven't heard it yet and probibly won't.Romney should read Bushs memoirs,all 2 pages because he didn't do squat while vacationing for over 8 years but totally wiped us out economicly and created wars with lies and writting memoirs on it with blood on his hands,ya right!

    May 15, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Mikey

    @Bend – Just love how you misspell people's names. What? Are you 10? Explains your childish logic.

    May 15, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. ddt

    Ramny uses President Carter as a comparision to Obama's performance. Very few new voters under the age of 35 know much about Carter. Here is GW Bush who but this country all most to hell is endosing him. Which better example to use than Bush. We are in this mess today because of GWB. jIMMY CARTER has nothing to do with this it was the Republican party and GWB that brought us to this. Obama should paint Ramny to George Bush whenever he goes

    May 15, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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