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Former President George H.W. Bush smiles as he listens to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak as he met with Bush to pick up his formal endorsement in Houston March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Donna Carson

Former President George H.W. Bush smiles as he listens to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak as he met with Bush to pick up his formal endorsement in Houston March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Donna Carson

Former President George H.W. Bush smiles as he listens to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak as he met with Bush to pick up his formal endorsement in Houston March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Donna Carson
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Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (R) stands during the national anthem before the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills NFL football game in Houston in this November 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (R) stands during the national anthem before the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills NFL football game in Houston in this November 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (R) stands during the national anthem before the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills NFL football game in Houston in this November 4, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files
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The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson
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The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

The Methodist Hospital, where former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in the Intensive Care Unit in "guarded" condition with a high fever, is pictured in the Texas Medical Center in Houston December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson
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