Since leaving office, former President George W. Bush hasn't espoused his opinions in the current political discourse. Unofficially, however, Bush did tell reporters after delivering a speech that "I'm for Mitt Romney."
Former President George H.W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have all officially endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for president. What about the other Bush?
Earlier this week, former President George W. Bush visited Washington where he delivered a speech at a human rights forum. Following his remarks, reporters caught up with the former president. When asked if he was supporting anyone for president, Bush replied to an ABC News reporter, “I’m for Mitt Romney” as the elevator doors closed.
This prompted the Romney campaign to thank Bush for his casual endorsement. Although the campaign has not celebrated the endorsement and did not publish an official press release, an aide confirmed that Romney telephoned Bush to express gratitude for the support.
“We welcome the president's support, as we welcomed his father's,” said Andrea Saul, a spokesperson for the Romney camp, in an interview with CNN.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign immediately criticized Bush’s support of Romney. The president’s team called Romney’s economic plan similar to Bush’s and that he would restore many of the Bush-era policies.
In many of his stump speeches, Romney rarely mentions Bush by name but rather Obama’s “predecessor.”
During a campaign stop in the battleground state of Florida, Romney criticized President Obama’s record on the economy and addressing the nation’s severe debt issues. Romney accused Obama of not doing enough to address the debt he inherited from his “predecessor.”
“I’m concerned about the debt. I’m concerned about the spending,” said Romney. “I find it incomprehensible that a president could come to office and call his predecessor’s record irresponsible and unpatriotic and then do almost nothing to fix it.”
The latest Rasmussen Tracking poll shows Romney holding a two-point lead over Obama. According to Real Clear Politics averages, the incumbent Commander in Chief maintains a near two-point edge over the former Massachusetts Governor.