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Friday, March 30, 2007
Romney: Drop "Bush" and Jeb is the winner

Romney had nice things to say about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Is Bush fatigue keeping Jeb from the White House? Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to believe so, saying it during a campaign appearance Thursday in South Carolina.

"Down in Florida, that Jeb Bush. He's quite a guy, isn't he? I love him," said Romney, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination. "If his name weren't Bush, he'd be running for president, I'm convinced. And we'd all have to stand aside because he'd be such a sure-fire winner."

The former Massachusetts governor mentioned Bush as a possible vice presidential running-mate, along with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia, who is also mulling his own run for the White House. Romney did note that it is still too early for this type of speculation.

-- CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Steve Brusk

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