Making the call: Romney dials up 43
May 18th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Making the call: Romney dials up 43

(CNN) – Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called former President George W. Bush to thank him for his support, two sources told CNN.

On Tuesday, Bush made headlines when he gave an off-the-cuff endorsement for the former Massachusetts governor, telling an ABC News reporter "I'm for Mitt Romney," as the doors of an elevator he was on closed before him.

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Bush was in Washington, D.C. at the time to make a rare public appearance at a ceremony for dissidents.

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.

Romney's campaign responded later in the day, saying they "welcomed" the nod.

"We welcome the president's support, as we welcomed his father's," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

Romney, however, rarely refers to the 43rd president by name in speeches, often using the word "predecessor" instead.

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

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President George W. Bush
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. GonzoinHouston

    An endorsement from W ought to mean a lot to Mitt; his whole economic plan consists of taking W's programs and going them one better. Did nobody learn from this recession?

    May 18, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. A Disgusted Former Republican

    Romney is Bush 43 on steriods! God save America!

    May 18, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Darryl

    OH,MY,GOD!!! LOL...LOL...They have really gone off the DEEP-END. Bush destroyed the freekin country and collapsed europes economy as well.LOL...OH YES, lets hire MITT and suffer MORE! while he and his Wallstreet friends eat steak & Lobster and we go to food banks. LOL...LOL...These Mother-F- – - kers are NOT going to stop unless WE STOP them on November 5th and VOTE Obama to stay right where he belongs. We the people of this country have the FINAL say. All their money doesn't matter if we stay together and fight for our rights and equality and STOP the GREED and the STEALING of our MONEY.WE WILL SUFFER NO MORE & LOOSE EVERYTHING WE HAVE WORKED FOR NO MORE !!

    May 18, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Independant Texan

    " Mitt will begin where Bush II left off. Keep tax cuts for the rich; "debt don`t matter" philosophy ( 2 unfunded wars)

    May 18, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. First

    Can someone inform me on one Presidential Election where the whole Bush family didn't get their endosement from Barbara, since George H.W Bush lost to Clinton, even possibly before that time?

    May 18, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Devon

    Yo Fair is Fair, as soon as wusster takes questions from the America Press, no not Grettas America gimmie a kiss interview. Your POS candidate is a total Coward. He need to lose the skirt,alomg with the Majic underwear & take actual question from Reporters.

    May 18, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Romney is a very polite and gracious person. Obama could learn a lot from him.
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    Obama is. You are not. Ask McCain if he thinks Romney is gracious.

    May 18, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Hey Richard... mommy says your mac-and-cheese is ready... yum, yum, yum. Put down the Nintendo and wash your hands now.
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    Yes, we know we can't saying anything negative about the Mormon demi-god and his latest patron, can we? Honestly, you redefine sycophant.

    May 18, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Devon

    Yo Fair is Fair, you Georgie Boy made up a fake war that took the lives of over 4500 soldiers. Funny huh. No its not!

    May 18, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He endorsed Mitt McCain as the elevator doors closed on him. Where's the photo op? President Obama could use one.

    May 18, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    Fair is Fair wrote – Hey Richard... mommy says your mac-and-cheese is ready... yum, yum, yum. Put down the Nintendo and wash your hands now.
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    Thanks Fair for demonstrating, yet again, the level of substance of conservative posters. I know for a fact that not all conservatives are ignorant and hateful, but posts such as this do nothing to add to intelligent discourse. I hope you can do better next time.

    May 18, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Bryan

    We had 55 straight months of economic growth under W...Obama would kill for a fraction of that. The MSM loves to forget that point, as well as the fact that the housing crisis was created by Fannie and Freddie under DEMOCRAT/Barney Frank et al. (mis)management.

    May 18, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -anagram_kid

    Fair is Fair wrote – Hey Richard... mommy says your mac-and-cheese is ready... yum, yum, yum. Put down the Nintendo and wash your hands now.
    ---------------–
    Thanks Fair for demonstrating, yet again, the level of substance of conservative posters. I know for a fact that not all conservatives are ignorant and hateful, but posts such as this do nothing to add to intelligent discourse. I hope you can do better next time.
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    Unfortunately, conservatives are taught/instructed to treat anyone with even a slightly different view with arrogance and contempt, as well as to question their humanity, patriotism work ethic, etc.. I suggest you pack a long lunch, because it will probably be a long wait.

    May 18, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Bryan

    We had 55 straight months of economic growth under W...Obama would love to have a fraction of that. The MSM loves to forget that point, as well as the fact that the housing crisis was created by Fannie and Freddie under DEMOCRAT/Barney Frank et al. (mis)management.

    May 18, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Independent Voters

    Romney is another Bush watch out for this Mitt. Romney is getting advice from Bush.

    May 18, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Celeste

    Holy Crap! Did you say “George Bush called and want to thank President Obama for cleaning up his 8 years of crap and blunders and will return his pay checks to pay down the deficit that he didn’t earn along with the Republican Congress”? Did Mitt Romney say that George Bush Jr. and his daddy should hide their face in disgrace for their dirty hands in destabilizing the Middle East and ruining America? I heard that President Bush told Mittens, that he wants to be the first one to let President Obama know he appreciate President Obama for cleaning up security problems left and started by him, stopping the job losses, the homeowners fatigue and foreclosures, the Chinese mingling, right wing bank collapsing, gone crazy money laundering right wingers, Bid Laden exhaustion, Iranian and Iraq lack of group therapy left and started by both Bushes and the personal invitation by George Bush Jr. to all the illegal migrates from Mexico that they were welcomed in America with no strings attached that lead to a crisis doing his administration. The Bush group should just disappear along with the heartless and conniving Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove would and should have been brought up on WAR CRIMES. The only decent one with the last name Bush is Laura. A VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY IS A VOTE FOR GEORGE BUSH ALL OVER AGAIN!

    May 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Hey George, wanna come out n' play?"

    "Nah, I can't Mittsy. Mom says I'm grounded for starting 2 wars without funding them."

    "Aaaw shucks....you sure man? Me and Pat Buchanan were gonna go throw dog poop at some gay kids."

    "Yeah, sorry. Maybe next time. Save me some poop."

    May 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Ha...they both have a "double" in their name: Deputy Doublethink and Dimwitted Dubya.

    May 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. The REAL Truth...

    @anagram_kid – Thanks Fair for demonstrating, yet again, the level of substance of conservative posters.
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    LOL – You are being way to gracious by even registering that they have a level of substance. If Fair, Bend, Ray E., Dave and other so-called conservative posters actually posted with some TRUTH and FACTS instead of all the infantile dribble and hating, perhaps we could have some adult discussion of the topics and CNN wouldn't lock them down 5 posts in...
    Think about it folks...

    May 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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