President Obama and his Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney frequently compliment each other on the campaign trail for being good husbands and fathers, but the niceties begin and end there. In a rare personal moment, the president called the former Massachusetts governor on Wednesday to congratulate him for clinching the Republican nomination.
"The president called Gov. Romney to congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement. "President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America's future and wished Gov. Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign."
A Romney aide described the telephone call as brief and cordial," Reuters reports. "Gov. Romney thanked the president for his congratulations and wished him and his family well," the aide said.
Those who have despaired over the negative tone the campaign has taken should not get their hopes up that their conversation was the start of a nicer, gentler general election season. Today's white flags are already collecting dust.
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