Bill Clinton on Perry: He's a 'good-looking rascal'
August 15th, 2011
04:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Bill Clinton on Perry: He's a 'good-looking rascal'

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton was paying attention Saturday when Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally launched his presidential campaign

"I got tickled. I watched Governor Perry announce…for president," Clinton said Monday. "He's a good-looking rascal."

Clinton's comments, recorded in a video by the New York Observer, came in a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters in Manhattan.

The former president had some choice words for Perry's platform on the need for smaller government.

"[Perry] said 'You know, I'm going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible-while I ride on Air Force One and that Marine One helicopter and go to Camp David and travel around the world and have a good time'," Clinton said. "I mean, this is crazy."

Perry and other Republican presidential candidates have repeatedly said the federal government needs to have a more limited role in Americans' lives.

And while Clinton said every person-"even public employees"-can think of a tax that's too high or a regulation that doesn't make sense, he implied that the U.S. government is not the source of all problems.

"There is not a single solitary successful nation on earth today that does not have both an effective government and a good economy," Clinton said. "And in the world we live in, you can't have them unless you have both."


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Rick Perry
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. the witch

    If he does get elected, can he seceed the U.S. from the U.S.?

    August 15, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Ramrod

    If you want another war, vote for another Texan: Lyndon J, G H Bush, G W Bush. 3 out of 3.

    August 15, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Don

    The comment about girls intrigues me, since it very early in the race and it is already being mentioned. Does anyone know if there is substance to it?

    August 15, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Well, well, well – not long ago he (Perry) wants Texas to be independent to save the state from “evil” Washington and now he wants to be part of it. Don’t you love politicians?

    August 15, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Your Mom

    @Ibamaliar: Most people would saw off a foot to have the economy we had under Bill Clinton back. And given that you have a 3rd grade level of grammar, I would expect nothing less from you.

    August 15, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. the witch

    To sniffit..... well put!

    August 15, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. NYCMovieFan

    "Good looking"???? Like the Crypt Keeper-kinda thing?? Bill, you've finally gone TOO far!!!

    August 15, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. the witch

    The tea baggers are for 'states rights'?
    Sounds like the south during the civil war!

    August 15, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. diridi

    This Idiot is a total idiot without any Brain....o.k, Texas knows this idiot...o.k, Teachers know this nasty Animal...

    August 15, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. SnehGbe

    Let me just say, if Perry's RESPONSE to THE CALL is any indication to a reception that awaits him, then this guy's campaign is a DOA! Any more GREAT REPUBLICAN HOPES out there? Please don't say Palin. Americans are not dumb, contrary to what these Republican Presidential Wannabees think! I know the history of this nation! I grew up here!

    August 15, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. CGF

    Well, well, well – not too long ago he (Perry) wants Texas as a republic to save the state from “evil Washington” and now he wants to be part of it? Don’t you love politicians?

    August 15, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. roro

    Just what this country needs – another Texas blowhard. First he wants to secede from the union (I wish Texas would) and now he wants to be the president of the very same union. If it was up to him, the whole work force would be working for minimum wage. And don't even get me started on the shape of education in that glorious state! God (my God) help us.

    August 15, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. BeverlyNC

    Perry is all show and NO SUBSTANCE. He is not genuine, is a liar about his accomplishments – just ask a Texan – they hate him, and is one fake Christian and a bigger hypocrite.
    You KNOW Republicans are DESPERATE when they are promoting Perry......empty head, heart, and values.

    August 15, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. AZ DEM

    CLinton is right and truthfully if a majority of the country elects Perry as president more power to them...I hope they all enjoy their minimum wage no benefit jobs. Not that a job needs ALL of the perks but many Americans with college degrees and student loan debt aren't looking to flip burgers or clean up behind people post graduation. Its not that the GOP doesnt know these facts they just don't care. Pull yourself up by your own boot straps right?! But what happens when you're too poor to even afford boots.

    August 15, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Sgt. Joe

    @ibamaliar....you sound a little bent out of place because Clinton was 20X the president that any of those GOP jokers could ever hope to be? Obama has it made now, that must really piss you off, eh?

    August 15, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. not seeing it

    yikes. men are strange creatures. scary.

    August 15, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Squealy

    Well, at least Clinton still makes sense.

    August 15, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. hankers

    Oh oh, Bill is starting to wander again!

    August 15, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Indy

    "There is not a single solitary successful nation on earth today that does not have both an effective government and a good economy," Clinton said. "And in the world we live in, you can't have them unless you have both."

    I have not heard anything this true said in a long time. There is 100% proof to back up Clintons statement and you could go further and add that successful nations also have government run healthcare.

    August 15, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Rick "maybe we will secede, maybe we won't" Perry. Yes, America the GOP is probably going to nominate someone who actually says secession could be on the table. His apologists try to spin that he was just joking, but if you look at his quote you can tell it wasn't a joke. Anti Washington posturing to play to the tea party? Sure, but that it would even be suggested must have Lincoln rolling over in his grave after the devestation the Civil War wrought to keep the nation together. I think I will side with Old Abe on this one.

    August 15, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Blame Not Working

    Well Mr Sniffit & GI Joe (who was never in the military) sounds like Mr Clinton may be dissing your hero......I smell a Hillary run a coming! And for you Mr (non) GI Joe......where's your proof? You sir are a LIAR.....by-the-way....Get off Welfare & get a Job.....The Blame stuff ain't working NO MO!

    August 15, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. A Kickin` Donkey

    Mr. Perry – Here`s a question for you. A year ago the ruineous Deepwater Horizon Oil well leak in the gulf was capped.

    One of your so-called "job creating skills" is enabling polluters to skirt public health & safety laws.

    Can you tell me what changes you would make to the oil exploration rules if elected?

    Surely you won`t maintain the President`s policies, will you?

    August 15, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Joseph Clarkson

    "There is not a single solitary successful nation on earth today that does not have both an effective government and a good economy," Clinton said. "And in the world we live in, you can't have them unless you have both."

    We have neither so why not fix this? Smaller government = less taxes. Less taxes = more spending money. More spending money = economic growth.

    Also fewer regulations mean companies can gain confidence and invest and hire which would help the economy.

    August 15, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Bill Clinton on Parry: He's a 'good-looking rascal'

    That's a very polite way of saying Parry is nothing more than an airheaded, empty suit.

    August 15, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "Perry has his "people" bring girls to his room when he isn't at home with his wife. It's common knowledge in cities in Texas."
    --
    Pretty serious accusations. Got anything to back them up?
    --

    How do you know this poster doesn't have proof? Can't? Well, thanks for playing. Johnny will have a lovely parting gift for you.

    August 15, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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