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Bush Senior Backs Romney for President, Snubs Perry
National Journal ^ | December 22, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 12/22/2011 11:38:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Less than two weeks before Iowa Republicans make their crucial caucus choices on the night of Jan. 3, George H.W. Bush offered words of support, if not an official endorsement, to an old friend, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a story today in the Houston Chronicle.

“I think Romney is the best choice for us,” former President Bush told the newspaper. “I like Perry, but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; he’s not surging forward.”

The former president’s choice is a blow to native son Rick Perry, the Texas governor who has had a long-standing feud with the Bush family and no doubt would have preferred that Bush remain neutral.

Bush said he had known Romney for many years and also knew his father, George Romney, a former Republican governor of Michigan who ran for president in 1968. He praised Romney for his “stability, experience, principles,” and added, “I just think he’s mature and reasonable – not a bomb-thrower.”

But he said he did not mean to imply that the other candidates are bomb-throwers. “I’ve got to be a little careful, because I like Perry; he’s our governor,” he told the newspaper.

Joe Householder, a Houston-based political consultant, told he Chronicle that with his not-an-endorsement statements, the former president probably was drawing a distinction for voters around the country who may not be aware of the historic antipathy between the Bush and Perry camps. In last year’s GOP gubernatorial primary, when Perry sought a history-making third term as governor, the Bushes endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas...


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1 posted on 12/22/2011 11:38:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One New Englander backing another. “Heartless” snub of Perry..


2 posted on 12/22/2011 11:39:57 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Both George the Elder and Gov. Willard know how to wear a tailored suit.


3 posted on 12/22/2011 11:42:07 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: central_va
Smells of Mitt desperation.


4 posted on 12/22/2011 11:42:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bush Senior was the one who announced the birth of the bastard “New World Order”.

Stay out the Bushes.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 11:43:22 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

See my tagline. The bad mojo rolls on, and on, and on, and on. More than two miserable decades of it now.


6 posted on 12/22/2011 11:43:51 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All big-govt RINOs. Like peas in a pod.


7 posted on 12/22/2011 11:43:51 AM PST by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

GOP elite and those who want to stay in their good graces. Nothing new here.

I’d like one of them to report what he did FOR America when he was governor or as a private citizen.


8 posted on 12/22/2011 11:44:16 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You forgot Jimmy Carter, that turd endorsed him too.


9 posted on 12/22/2011 11:44:22 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, Poppy Bush is for Willard.

“Read my lips...”


10 posted on 12/22/2011 11:45:16 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I admire GW, but I hated his domestic policy. Putting distance between him and his fellow Texan just makes Perry more plausible as a candidate for me.


11 posted on 12/22/2011 11:45:20 AM PST by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
GWHB, sad to say, is in his dotage.

Etiam non princeps sed usque ad genua, Principis Pacis!
12 posted on 12/22/2011 11:45:33 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I like Perry, but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; he’s not surging forward
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so he endorses romney because he’s out in front? good reason there ya old buzzard


13 posted on 12/22/2011 11:46:29 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nobody is going to accuse me of being a Perry supporter, but Romney?

And some folks wonder why I group George the First as an idiot too.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 11:46:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Santorum..., are you giving it some thought? I knew you would.)
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To: tanuki

Oops! Forgot to put the ‘H’ in there.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 11:46:42 AM PST by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a surprise. /s


16 posted on 12/22/2011 11:46:57 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Interesting it is written as “Snubs Perry” rather than “Snubs Texas Congressman Ron Paul”.


17 posted on 12/22/2011 11:47:07 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Whoring around the country looking for support. Beats answering questions and a debate with Trump as moderator where his ***wipe antics wouldn’t play.


18 posted on 12/22/2011 11:47:31 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I just was reading that Fla. gov. Rick Scott is good friends with Rick Perry. I do not know at this point who he will endorse but he said they will have to have a jobs plan.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 11:50:23 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m ashamed of you George Herbert Walker Bush, you betrayed a fellow Texan. Spit


20 posted on 12/22/2011 11:51:22 AM PST by McGavin999 ("If you'll have my back when I go to Washington, I'll have yours" Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"No Poppy, I didn't break wind, maybe it was the dog?"

(Can I tie one of your dogs to the roof of my SUV? Dogs love that!)

21 posted on 12/22/2011 11:53:12 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who Bush backs means nothing to me. At all. Bush 41 is the dolt who gave us NCLB.


22 posted on 12/22/2011 11:53:21 AM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney, noPaul, noBachmann . . .)
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To: bigbob

Good point.


23 posted on 12/22/2011 11:54:25 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is anyone really surprised?


24 posted on 12/22/2011 11:54:25 AM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Imagine that, Newt was a Republican who stood on principle and bucked his own party when they were about to violate their principles and break a sacrosanct campaign promise. As usual, the establishment Republicans want a good ol’ boy who will fall into line and follow orders rather than someone who stands up for their beliefs and for the American people. We can be sure that Mitt Romney will violate his campaign promises and change his positions whenever it’s convenient for him. If there’s one thing he’s proven in his career, it’s that.


25 posted on 12/22/2011 11:54:32 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: tanuki

Amen to that...doesn’t disuade me in the least.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 11:56:09 AM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: Clara Lou

And NAFTA


27 posted on 12/22/2011 11:56:33 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: McGavin999

“Poppy” Bush is NOT a “fellow Texan” he’s a carpetBagging MASSHOLE!


28 posted on 12/22/2011 11:56:53 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: mkjessup

haha....Hold on to your Dogs, it’s Mittens!


29 posted on 12/22/2011 11:57:52 AM PST by Boardwalk
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In a way, this is a good thing.
It helps remove the meme of Perry as Bush III.


30 posted on 12/22/2011 11:58:52 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
What a surprise. /s

Could have knocked me over with a feather. /s

So much for the Bush's vaunted staying respectably out of it./s

But that flew out the door when the Bush-Rove Machine ran Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison against Rick Perry in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial primary.

She lost to Rick Perry by 20 points.

Besides, the "Bush Pioneer" money has been going to Romney 9-1, so it's hardly unexpected.

Rick Perry is a conservative Texan, not a New England transplant.

31 posted on 12/22/2011 11:59:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mylife

Yes. It will help dispel that myth.


32 posted on 12/22/2011 12:00:18 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If I were ORomney, I would decline the endorsement and take my chances without the Bushes.


33 posted on 12/22/2011 12:00:34 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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LoL

They’re related don’t you know...


34 posted on 12/22/2011 12:01:05 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

NO NEWS here. The Bushes NEVER liked Perry


35 posted on 12/22/2011 12:03:49 PM PST by LC Gladiator (PERRY / RUBIO 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Have you noticed that a lot of these endorsements come from people who noone is talking about anymore or Newspapers that hardly anyone reads.
Its sort of like they are saying,”look at me..I’m still alive (or half alive)!


36 posted on 12/22/2011 12:07:03 PM PST by Leep
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To: Leep

Yes. Not many are willing to bet on Romney.


37 posted on 12/22/2011 12:08:01 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JediJones
the establishment Republicans want a good ol’ boy who will fall into line and follow orders rather than someone who stands up for their beliefs and for the American people.

Exactly. Newt is for 'WeThePeople' - Mitt is for the GOP elite.
38 posted on 12/22/2011 12:08:34 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Reagan's worst mistake was allowing this fool to destroy his legacy.

Is anybody in the world going to vote on the basis if his endorsement. Any conservative who would vote for Romney/Gingrich based on what someone like Bush says is a true fool.

39 posted on 12/22/2011 12:08:52 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Actually, I think this may help Perry.


40 posted on 12/22/2011 12:09:06 PM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: bigbob
Interesting it is written as “Snubs Perry” rather than “Snubs Texas Congressman Ron Paul”.

Why wouldn't any sane person snub Texas Congressman Ron Paul?

But snubbing him in favor of Mitt Romney...???

41 posted on 12/22/2011 12:09:12 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Leep

And notice the reasons they give for their support - weak as mitt.


42 posted on 12/22/2011 12:09:57 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perry is better off without rino G.W.Bush.


43 posted on 12/22/2011 12:10:08 PM PST by Katarina (Rick Perry the Best man for President ! God bless ElRushbo! Say NO to RINOs Mitt and Newt)
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To: US Navy Vet

He really should have had the class to keep his mouth shut. I remember how bad he felt when Reagan wouldn’t endorse him, and here he is doing the very same thing to the governor of the state where he lives. It was a classless, crude move and I’m embarrassed for him.


44 posted on 12/22/2011 12:13:45 PM PST by McGavin999 ("If you'll have my back when I go to Washington, I'll have yours" Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Not a surprise.

Romney’s a placeholder for the Bush family until Jeb runs in 2016.


45 posted on 12/22/2011 12:18:25 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ll say it here and I’ll keep saying it. The GOP is part of the “deal” to keep obama in. The republicans can’t be as stupid as they act.

Take cutting unemployment back to 59 weeks. What will be the true result? More people will fall off the rolls making the unemployment number go down. Obama gets credit. There can’t be any other reason.

Give Romney the nomination. He loses. Why? According to the press it will be because the “right wing tea party” stayed home whether they stay home or not.

The GOP volunteered for this and it started with “Read my lips” Bush.


46 posted on 12/22/2011 12:19:51 PM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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I’m NOT(embarrassed), the is CLASSIC BUSH Family. The Bush’s are NOTHING but yet ANOTHER N/E LIBERAL Family of Grifters.


47 posted on 12/22/2011 12:20:18 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If I were Perry, I’d be thanking the Good Lord for that snub. That’s the LAST person I’d want an endorsement from.


48 posted on 12/22/2011 12:24:10 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Strange that his is now being released to or by the Houston Chronicle. Romney met with the Bushes at their home back on Dec. 1 while he was in Houston for a fundraiser. I guess this is a timing thing as to the release of the favorable support to Romney. Heck the Chronicle has a series of 10 photos on their website from the Dec. 1 meeting.


49 posted on 12/22/2011 12:35:01 PM PST by deport
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That is too bad. For those of us who have defended Bush 41 and 43 as decent, patriotic Americans - this endorsement was undignified and indecent. Bush Sr. should have waited until after the primaries and endorsed the standard bearer.

Bigger questions - why now? & was it necessary?

Romney must be in deep doo-doo if he is running around begging for endorsements.

Perry & Newt are better without the GOP elite country clubbers.

Rick Perry and Newt - two men who don’t play golf - can’t be all bad;)


50 posted on 12/22/2011 12:36:03 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason.. Newt/Perry - 2012)
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