Romney has friendly chat with George Bush in Texas

By the Associated Press | December 1, 2011 | 2:06 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Medley, Fla. While others focus on Iowa's caucuses or the early primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Romney is set to spend the day in the state welcoming endorsements from three top Cuban-American Republicans, attending several fundraisers and visiting the port in Tampa to discuss trade policy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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.