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The last thing that Mitt Romney needs is more association with the former GOP George W. Bush. There are a lot of connections being drawn in the republican party as a whole. Some recent associations such as Bush and Romney, Cheney and Romney, Condoleezza Rice and Romney lead potential voters to access the involvement of each player in the upcoming presidential election in the fall.
In May ABC News had the opportunity to speak with George W. Bush in an elevator. The former president offered his support to Romney, probably doing more harm than good. The only interactions known to have occurred between the two was one phone call that they shared after Bush’s endorsement.
Romney was involved in a fundraiser with the even-less-popular former vice president d**k Cheney. There Romney was praised by Cheney, but he did not mention Bush’s name once. Apparently after the press left the room, Romney was overheard saying “freedom agenda” and “George W. Bush”, but who really knows what he was talking about?
Romney has tried to distance himself from the former president in an attempt to keep his ratings up. Bush’s favorability rating is so low that any connection to him could severely impact Romney’s chances of getting elected. Romney is aware that a relationship between the two of them could be toxic for his ratings.
With Romney’s wavering favor in the black and hispanic communities, as well as his struggle to relate to the middle class, he has the right idea in trying to break any associations with George W. Bush. As for Rice and Romney, even after Sarah Palin (past running mate to John McCain) gave a heart-felt endorsement of Rice, it is still unlikely that Rice would be running with Romney.