(BOSTON) — Mitt Romney’s campaign staff in Boston got an unexpected pep talk Tuesday morning when former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura stopped by.
In Boston visiting a charter school, the Bushes were introduced by Ann Romney and greeted by huge applause from Romney staffers, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The visit was confirmed by the Romney campaign.
The former president praised the steady leadership of the campaign and encouraged staffers present “to seize the moment.”
Bush has seen approval ratings rise since he left office, but he is still a divisive figure and has not been a major factor in Romney’s campaign. He only endorsed Romney when asked by an ABC News reporter who he would support.
Bush will also not be attending the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., later this summer.
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