- George W. Bush skipping Republican National Convention (Politico): "Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned. 'President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,' Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail. '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.'"