The Republican convention in Tampa next month will almost certainly see a vice-presidential nominee, and no Sarah Palin. But there’s going to be one other high-profile absence: President George W. Bush. “President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail to Politico. “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.” Although the denial may seem like a snub—much like Bush’s tepid Mitt endorsement from behind closing elevator doors—it does take a load off the nominee, who won’t have to consider whether or not to ask the controversial former president to speak. His father, President George H.W. Bush, will also not attend this year’s convention, citing health reasons.
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