Obama calls to congratulate Romney for securing nomination

President Obama called presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to “congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination,” his campaign said Wednesday. 

Romney clinched the GOP nomination Tuesday night with a victory in the Texas primary. Projections estimate the former Massachusetts governor now has surpassed the 1,144 delegates required to seal victory in the Republican race.



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“President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future, and wished Governor Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.

The Romney campaign described the call as “brief and cordial.” It said the GOP candidate thanked the president for the congratulations and wished the president and his family well.  



Romney has been campaigning unopposed as the presumptive Republican nominee for more than two weeks now. He essentially launched his general election campaign in New Hampshire in late April after a five-state primary sweep left him within reach of the required delegates.



Obama kicked off his campaign at rallies in battleground states Ohio and Virginia earlier this month.