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George W. Bush: ‘I’m for Mitt Romney’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney has the support of former president George W. Bush.

“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News Tuesday morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, following a speech he gave on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.

Bush’s endorsement isn’t a surprise, given that Romney is virtually the Republican Party’s nominee. But the 43rd president has been absent from the 2012 campaign and hasn’t made any public comments showing his support for Romney.

Romney did get the backing of Bush’s parents, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, in March.

People who worked in the Bush administration say they doubt the former president will be campaigning for Romney this year. Even in his post-presidential life, Bush still gets a lot of the blame for the poor economy, according to polls, though he has become more popular since leaving office.

Bush was speaking Tuesday at an event to promote the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s campaign for human rights activists around the world.

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