Former President George W. Bush won’t be standing in Mitt Romney’s corner during the Republican National Convention next month. Bush said that he supports Romney but has decided to stay away from the convention.
Freddy Ford, a spokesman for Bush, said:
“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention… 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.”
Politico notes that Romney is probably happy that Bush declined his invitation. Bush is still an unpopular political figure and the Obama campaign would have most likely used the convention to link Romney to Bush.
According to CBS, Bush left office with a 22% approval rating and the majority of Americans still view him in a negative light.
The former president has kept a low-profile since leaving office and has said that in the past that it’s not the job of the former president to critique his successor.
“I don’t want to undermine our president – whoever’s president – and a former president can do that…Either you’re in or out of politics…you can’t be that halfway.”
And the former president has kept himself away from partisan politics since he left office. Earlier this week he gave an interview saying that he enjoyed his 8-years in the White House but no longer has a desire for the spotlight.
“Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful. But I have no desire for fame and power anymore.”