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Does Romney not want an endorsement from Dubya?

Mitt Romney, front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has been conspicuously endorsed by former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but not by former President George W. Bush.

Nor does Romney even want to talk about Bush 43, as we see HERE:

The younger Bush was an afterthought Thursday as his father, former President George H.W. Bush, met with current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney – until a reporter raised the issue.

“I haven’t met with President George W. Bush. We speak from time to time,” Romney replied when asked if he had sought the younger Bush’s endorsement.

Reporters were forced out of the room before they could ask more questions about Romney’s connection to the Republican president who left office three years ago with the nation on the brink of financial ruin.

George W. Bush has been ignored for months in the Republican presidential campaign. But his absence has been more pronounced in recent days as Romney trumpeted endorsements from the former president’s father and younger brother, former Florida. Gov. Jeb Bush, as he spent two days courting donors in Texas.

While largely unspoken, both sides acknowledge Republicans would be best served by not reminding voters of the George W. Bush legacy of gaping budget deficits, two wars, and record low approval ratings.

FOOTNOTE: At the end of the piece to which I’ve linked above, there’s a reference to a poll in December showing that “a plurality of Americans continue to blame Bush for the nation’s economic struggles.”

A more recent poll (HERE) shows that a majority of Americans now feel that way.

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