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March 21, 2012

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney, says it's time to unite

The day after Mitt Romney's win in Illinois, former Massachusetts Gov. Jeb Bush is endorsing him and calling for the party to unite around the former Massachusetts governor who has struggled to close the deal.

"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," Bush said in an e-mail sent out by his education foundation. "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."

Many Republicans unhappy with Romney had held out hopes that Bush would get into the race, despite his protests to the contrary.


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An endorsement by a member of the bush family? Only slightly more odious than an endorsement from Hitler.

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