Bush 43 visits Romney campaign HQ
July 24th, 2012
10:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Bush 43 visits Romney campaign HQ

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush visited Mitt Romney's Republican presidential campaign headquarters in Boston Tuesday.

The Romney campaign tells CNN the former president addressed Romney staffers. Romney was not at the headquarters during Bush’s remarks. He started his day in southern California and addresses a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada later Tuesday.

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A source with knowledge of the visit said the Bushes "just wanted to drop by, thank the staffers and rally the troops while he happened to be in town."

Bush, who has stayed far away from politics after leaving the White House in January 2009, voiced his support for Romney in mid-May, one month after the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

A spokesman for Bush announced last week that the former president would not attend next month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

CNN's Janet DiGiacomo and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • George W. Bush • Mitt Romney
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. barryfail

    Unfortunately past Republican presidents cannot be involved in campaigning like Clinton and Carter. They got mainstream media in their pockets.

    July 24, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. overrepublicans

    Only the people who someone can tell them anything, whether it make sense of not, will vote for Romney. By the way, the Military is (Government). Romney has all of Bush's people in his cabinet (let's not be too stupid for someone who jusgt like Bush does not give a damn about anyone but their rich friends. Small businesses are aware that Pres. O has cut their taxes 18 times since he has been in office, which tells you that like Bush, Romney has nothing for small businesses for real. Otherwise, their taxes would have been lower before 65 years have passed.

    Speaking of entitlements as Republicans call it, they have no problem taking coporate welfare in the form of (subsidiaries, lower tax breaks, etc.) Get a Clue!

    July 24, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush almost destroyed the country, and he hopes Mittens can finish the job.

    July 24, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There are so many intellegent people posting here. Too bad none of them work for Obama. It seems the Economy is improving at a snail's pace now. At least it was. I read Cisco or some thing like that is laying off a bunch of people.

    July 24, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Wake up people

    Dang touch screens.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 24, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "Do you remember when George W. Bush went to Saudi Arabia to convince them to increase their output to bring down the price of a barrel of oil? The Saudis hosted him, fed him, spoke with him, and sent him home without doing anything that Bush wanted. THAT was the most embarassing thing a POTUS has ever done overseas."
    Embarrassing? Perhaps. But nowhere near the most ever done overseas. That honor belongs to one BHO when in Russia... you remember, when he and Medvedev were walking a rope line and NOT ONE of the Russians that Obama tried to shake hands with would oblige? Yeah... that would be it.

    July 24, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. John Lison

    If the Republicans were in any way serious about either jobs or the US economy we would take advantage of the fact that the whole world is willing to lend the US their money at nearly zero interest rates. We would then take that money and rebuild America's infrastructure including a 21/22 century broadband internet and cell phone system, highways , improved rail transportation, ports and vastly increased air cargo capability as well as very long term, low interest loans to American manufacturers to relocate their plants back to the USA . If only the GOP would only stop being obstructionist and sit down with the Democrats , we might get a vastly improved and much fairer tax code . While it makes me slightly uncomfortable I think we again need a Democratic House and Senate along with Obama's reelection to move America forward instead of backward.

    July 24, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Fisher

    Bush spent to much money but facts are easily brushed aside by the same people that support our joke of a President now. Bush had 48 months of continuous job growth and Obama (the income equualizer) has had over 40 months of unemployment over 8%. Bush's last year in office had $160 billion of deficit spending. Obama does more than $160Billion of deficit spending a month now. Obama in 3.5 years had already eclipsed Bush's deficits for the entire 8 years.
    As far as Cisco I have worked in IT for 20 years and is it rough on the hardware side right now. Service is good but capital budgets for hardware are tight while companies try to figure out if we are going to get a President who likes and understands business.

    July 24, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Bush 3. Elect Mittens and it's over for most Americans.

    How soon people forget how this liar ran through a surplus and bankrupted this country! We want to see those taxes Mittens!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. four years of obama... we miss george bush!

    We miss you George! Now we have an incompetent socialist in the WH. Fingerpointing, excuse after excuse. Obama's NOT a leader like you were George. It sure would be nice to have your 52 consecutive months of REAL job growth. WE MISS YOU!

    July 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. ken

    i don't support president Obama neither Gov Romney, both of these men are not the answer or solutions to the problems America face today. Romney will not fix the economy over night as he's trying to make some people believe. It is true that Obama has not been able to make things much better as promised. If Romney becomes president, am afraid he will write his own rules, that will only benefit his family, the rich and powerful. Both of these men are not in politics for the people they're false pretenders. For the folks that believe in them, am sorry your hopes will be dashed.

    July 24, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. TomInRochNY

    "Bush 43 visits Romney campaign HQ" as Romney sneaks out the back door in an attempt to distance himself from the guy whose policies he wants to inflict on America again.

    July 24, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. California Gary

    The more Bush starts showing his face, the better for the Dems. Romney needs to ask Bush to stay under wraps until November if he is to have any chance at all. All it will take to seal the deal for Obama is to run one of those ads where Romney morphs into Bush. Game over.

    July 24, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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