Romney Tightens Grip on Republican Race With George Bush Endorsement

Step by step, Mitt Romney is tightening his grip on the Republican presidential nomination race despite a number of gaffes accompanying the campaign.

The endorsement from George H.W. Bush came a day after Romney gained the seal of approval from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a hero of Tea Party conservatives who could help Romney improve his shaky ties with the most conservative members of the right wing of the party. Photo: BU Interactive News/Flickr

Mitt Romney accepted on Thursday the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush, the latest in a line of establishment figures to choose the former Massachusetts governor as the Republicans’ best chance of defeating Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election, tells Reuters.

George H.W. Bush says Romney is a good man who would make a “great president.” And he says it’s time for Republicans to unite behind Romney.

Last week one of Bush’s sons, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also endorsed Romney. Another son, former President George W. Bush, has stayed out of the GOP nomination race, accordinf to The Huff Post.

Romney says he didn’t meet with George W. Bush during his two-day Texas visit but speaks to him from “time to time.” The Romney campaign has also been boosted by the support of prominent Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio said while he doesn’t have a problem with the primary process. He added that it’s become “increasingly clear that Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee,” reports Fox Nation.

He said: “I am going to endorse Mitt Romney. And the reason why is not only because he’s going to be the Republican nominee, but he offers at this point such a stark contrast to the president’s record.”

“I think all the candidates in this race have a lot to be proud of … but I just can’t buy into this idea that by their own admission, they’re saying the only way they can win this race is by having a floor fight in Tampa in August. And I think that’s a recipe to deliver four more years to Barack Obama,” Rubio said.

“Senator Rubio, who is very popular with conservatives, really sends a strong signal,” Republican strategist Doug Heye said. However, Mitt Romney continues making stumbles.

On a conference call in Wisconsin Romney told voters what he thought was a funny story about his father, former Michigan governor and auto executive George Romney, closing a factory in Michigan and moving the jobs to Wisconsin.

It is worth noting that the move later became a sensitive issue in George Romney’s campaign for governor in Michigan.

Romney said that once father was part of a parade in which the marching band played one song: “On Wisconsin.”

Chuckling, Romney added: “Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, on Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down trying to get them to stop because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin.”

Recently Romney has committed several similar gaffes, including one when he told voters in economically struggling Michigan that his wife, Ann, drives two luxury Cadillacs.

Nevertheless, all these blunders don’t prevent Romney from take a commanding lead over Rick Santorum and newt Gingrich in the race for the 1,144 party delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

On Tuesday Romney seems poised for a good showing in the next round of contests. Polls show he leads in all three states – Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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