Elder Bush to make Romney endorsement official

March 29, 2012
By Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle

Former President George H.W. Bush will make it official Thursday, formally endorsing Mitt Romney for president in a ceremony at his Houston office.

“Mitt will drop by and visit, and Mrs. Bush will join them,” said Bush chief of staff Jean Becker. “Then (Bush) would like to make it official.”

Former first lady Barbara Bush has formally backed Romney and recorded automated telephone calls for him earlier this month in Ohio and Vermont.

Their son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, endorsed Romney last week after his victory in the Illinois primary. Another son, former President George W. Bush, has not expressed a preference in the presidential primary.

The elder Bush signaled his support for the former Massachusetts governor in December in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, calling Romney “the best choice for us,” but he held off making a formal endorsement until now. Becker said Bush always had been a Romney supporter, but waited to make an endorsement out of respect for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who also was seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

‘A big endorsement’

Bush’s endorsement is another sign that the Republican establishment is uniting behind Romney and pressuring his competitors to quit the race.

“He believes it’s time for this phase of the campaign to reach a conclusion and get on with regaining the White House,” said Jim McGrath, an aide to the former president.

So far, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have resisted pressure to withdraw, although Gingrich announced this week that he is scaling back his campaign.

To read more, visit: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Elder-Bush-to-make-Romney-endorsement-official-3442366.php

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