Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney, Calls On Republicans To Unite

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who foreswore his own run at the White House this year and has stayed on the sidelines in the primary race to day, has endorsed Mitt Romney for President in a statement that calls on the GOP to unite behind him:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney’s lopsided win in Illinois Tuesday night. The former Florida Governor – a Republican heavyweight – called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.

“Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season,” said Bush in a statement. “Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall.  I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination.  We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

It’s not entirely a surprise, of course, and in some sense it was surprising that Bush chose not to endorse Romney before the Florida primary. However, this is perhaps one of the biggest names to get behind Romeny in recent months and is likely to be only the first of many who will start echoing the call for party unity behind the man who is clearly going to be the nominee. Of course, Bush’s endorsement also takes off the table one of the pundit fantasy brokered convention candidates, not that it was ever actually going to happen.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. legion says:

    Well, maybe now people will stop daydreaming about Jeb swooping in & claiming the nomination…

  2. MBunge says:

    Okay, Jeb’s name goes on the list of Republicans I don’t want to hear whining in the fall if Romney is left a smoking ruin after the Obama negative campaign against him.


  3. Dave Schuler says:

    Reports from the Old Pretender.