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Bush offers tepid endorsement of Romney

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 8:06 p.m. MDT

Former President George W. Bush, with Laura Bush, is presented with a collection of writings by former Czech President Vaclav Havel by Martin Palous on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON — George W. Bush is backing presumptive Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney.

The former president offered a four-word endorsement of Romney as the doors of his elevator were closing after a speech Tuesday in Washington.

Bush said: "I'm for Mitt Romney."

ABC News caught Bush after the speech, prompting his unscripted — but not surprising — endorsement.

Bush's parents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, endorsed Romney in March during an appearance in Texas. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also publicly backed Romney.

Romney's campaign issued a brief statement welcoming the support.

Since leaving office in January 2009, George W. Bush has tried to avoid politics.

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