“Mitt will drop by and visit, and Mrs. Bush will join them,” said Bush chief of staffÂ Jean Becker. “Then (Bush) would like to make itÂ official.”
Former first lady Barbara Bush has formally backed Romney and recorded automated telephone calls for him earlier this month in Ohio andÂ 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 presidentialÂ primary.
The elder Bush signaled his support for the former Massachusetts governor in December in an interview with theÂ 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.Â Rick Perry, who also was seeking the Republican presidentialÂ nomination.
‘A big endorsement’
Bush’s endorsement is another sign that the Republican establishment is uniting behind Romney and pressuring his competitors to quit theÂ race.
“He believes it’s time for this phase of the campaign to reach a conclusion and get on with regaining the White House,” saidÂ Jim McGrath, an aide to the formerÂ president.
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