The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that Mitt Romney, during his Saturday campaign appearance in Ashland, appeared to endorse Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in his 2013 race for governor only to back away from that endorsement moments later.
Speaking to a crowd at Randolph-Macon College, Romney called Bolling "a great friend and, I hope, the next governor of this great state of Virginia."
A short while later, speaking to the overflow crowd outside, Romney said, "There are a couple of guys in the race, I love them both. I want to see one of those guys take [Gov. Bob McDonnell's] place."
Bolling was the first Republican in a statewide office to endorse Romney and became Romney's campaign chairman for Virginia.
The other guy in the race is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who surprised Bolling and McDonnell by announcing that he would challenge Bolling for the GOP nomination. Cuccinelli and his supporters then managed to have Virginia's Republican Party change its original decision to hold a primary election to choose a candidate. The nominee will now be chosen at a party convention.
Here's the Times-Dispatch report.