On a fundraising swing through Texas today, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made time for at least one meeting with a prominent Republican who was not cutting him a check, former President George H.W. Bush.
The two men, described by campaign aides as good friends, met at Bush's Houston home. The 87-year old former President did not offer his endorsement today, but has made it clear in the past that he favors Romney as his party's nominee.
In an interview last November with CNN's Larry King, both Bush and his wife, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, praised Romney.
"We like Mitt Romney. We know him well and like him very much," the former president said. "He's a reasonable guy. A conservative fellow, which is good. But, no, I think he'd be a good president, a very good president."
Barbara Bush added, "I'll go with George. Mitt Romney. I like a lot of them. But I like people who feel that you can respect other people's ideas. I like that a lot."
Last cycle, Bush hosted Romney at his presidential library in College Station, Texas for Romney's December 2007 speech about his Mormon faith. Bush did not endorse a candidate during the primary cycle in 2008.
The two men are linked perhaps most directly through Ron Kaufman, a former Bush adviser and long-time aide, who is now a senior adviser for Romney's presidential campaign.
The two New England-style Republicans are also united by biographical similarities. Both are the sons of prominent Republican politicians. Bush's father Prescott was a two-term U.S. Senator from Connecticut, and Romney's father George was twice elected Governor of Michigan.
During the summer months, they're also neighbors. While Bush made his name and political career in Texas, his family's famous Kennebunkport, Maine compound is a mere 50 miles from Romney's summer home on New Hampshire's Lake Winnepesaukee.