All but one of the living former presidents and VPs skipping conventions

  • All but one of the living former presidents and VPs skipping conventions

    Former President George W. Bush addresses the audience at a $1 million fundraiser for Romney, then the Republican Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, in 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. Romney ultimately won the race and served as governor until 2007. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images


    Former President George W. Bush

    Former President George W. Bush has turned down his invitation to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa in late August. "He's still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation," his spokesperson said.

    Given his shaky popularity rating, Mr. Bush's presence at the convention may not have helped Mitt Romney anyway: A recent CNN/ORC poll shows that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Mr. Bush, making President Obama's predecessor the only living president with an approval rating below 50 percent.

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