Romney has friendly chat with George Bush in Texas

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Updated: 12/01/2011 4:48 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is set to chat behind closed doors with former President George W. Bush. But Romney's campaign says no endorsement is eminent.

The Republican presidential hopeful was heading Thursday to Bush's home in Houston, even though he was venturing onto the home turf of a rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho confirmed the meeting saying, "they are friends," but added it doesn't mean Bush will endorse Romney.

The Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, endorsed Perry during the tight 1998 race for Texas lieutenant governor. Perry won.

Perry then became governor when the younger Bush left for the White House in 2000.

Both Perry and the younger Bush have denied reports of a rift between their camps dating back to their days working together in Texas.

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