The day after former President George W. Bush gave him an impromptu endorsement, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney pointedly avoided naming his new supporter in a Wednesday speech. Instead, Romney referred to Bush five times as a "predecessor" to President Barack Obama.A spokesperson for the Romney campaign said the press was making a story out of nothing. "The word just came up on his Word-A-Day calender," she explained. "The governor is always trying to improve his vocabulary so when he has to contradict himself he can do it in language that isn't repetitive."
Romney went on to criticize Obama for adding to the nation's ballooning debt – some $5 trillion since he took office. "And you know who created that debt that Obama added to?" Romney asked the crowd. "His predecessor."
Tuesday the former president replied that he was backing Romney. In response, Romney's campaign - which usually emails reporters touting big-name endorsements - responded to questions with a pithy statement. "We welcome that fellow's support, as we welcomed his father's," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "Now can we change the subject to something more positive, like Romney's consistency?" She asked.