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Now George W. Bush is skipping RNC in Tampa



Our partners at POLITICO for the 2012 Republican National Convention report another former president has declined to attend the Aug. 27-30 event in Tampa. George W. Bush is declining not long after his father, George H.W. Bush, said he won't attend. Here's an excerpt from their report:

Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned.

“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail.  “He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa.”

Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the conversation didn’t get that far and the former president declined “before details were discussed.”

[Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 4:22pm]


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