Obama calls to congratulate Romney

Rachel Rose Hartman

What would you say to the man trying to force you from your job?

Hours after Mitt Romney officially clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a win in Texas, President Barack Obama telephoned him. But the call was nothing more than formalities to officially extend congratulatory sentiments.

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At approximately 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, the president called Romney "to congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt announced in a readout of the call, which was disseminated to reporters.

"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."

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A Romney aide told news outlets the call was brief and cordial.

Additional details have yet to be released regarding the exchange.

Romney won the Texas presidential primary on Tuesday and surpassed the 1,144 delegates necessary to secure his party's nomination, which will be voted upon at the GOP national convention this August in Tampa, Fla.

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