Former President George H.W. Bush is calling Mitt Romney the Republican Party’s “best choice” in the 2012 race, the latest and perhaps most prominent statement of support for the former Massachusetts governor from the GOP establishment.

Bush, in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, praised Romney’s “stability, experience, principles.”

“He’s a fine person. I just think he’s mature and reasonable — not a bomb-thrower,” Bush told his hometown paper.

Bush said he liked Rick Perry, who followed his son, George W. Bush, into the governor’s mansion in Austin. But “he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere,” he said.

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