Bill Clinton on Perry: He's a 'good-looking rascal'
August 15th, 2011
04:51 PM ET
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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
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  1. redstate

    Wow. The smell of liberal fear fills the air....

    August 16, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. ja

    but his policies float with whale manure

    August 16, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Mike in Wylie

    Slick Willy should know a rascal when he meets one.
    Perry even tried his version of Obamacare when he was pushing mandatory vaccination of 'young' women for the Human Papilloma Virus.
    We don't need another President that has tendencies to be dictatorial.

    August 16, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. FDA

    The Tea Party and their GOP puppets have done one thing for this country. They have created a hostel environment by re-awaking all of the intolerant and hateful people in this country. If you are not an American Indian, you are from an immigrant family. Your ancestors gathered in this country to pursue freedoms and to get away from people just like you! If you cannot get behind your president, then sit down, and shut up. (or go home).

    August 16, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. joseph ryder

    No matter what is promised without consent it will not happen, both houses. Mr. warren and the bible is like any other preacher they give the Idea they are Saintly? don't worry all the things Perry says yes to the bible he is supposed to love says no to, figure it out. Love your fellow man doesn't mean campaign tear up your opponent To the state of Texas and jobs most are sub serving jobs below minimum wage and minimum wages you just exist on the with no benefits, I dare say Mr Warren hasn't missed a pay check, politicians deserve there's paychecks? We don't

    August 16, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. aflyer guy

    I hope perry resigns as governor if he is the gop candidate. That way when he loses texas will finally be rid of him. They should have voted him out in the last election, but texicans are not known for their high iq's are they?!?!

    August 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Rosslaw

    Perry's big problem is that God hates him as shown by his response to the pray for rain campaign.

    August 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Sorry clinton, but I don't find him physically nor intellectually good looking nor funny. Phony is more likely. He is at best average. Every time he opens his mouth he lies or tells half truths. Nobody I want to trust!
    And like I have said before to the rethug "girls" this is NOT a beauty contest!!!

    August 16, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Dr Howard and Dr Fine

    Perry, THE ANTI- CHRIST is upon us!!! He'll have the support of every tele-evangelist. Remember , he is a Texan first, American second. Is this all the GOP can come up with?? The only one with some plan is Ron Paul. But he is not camera glamorous enough. The Cracker/Redneck Tour has begun. Get your crosses ready to wave and pray ,then burn at sunset.

    August 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Tom

    I honestly don't know who scares me more. Perry or Bauchmann. They are both batsh1t crazy.

    August 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. edpeters101

    How come we're not hearing from the lunatics on the right (you know which ones), who in the past blamed all natural disasters on the wrath of God, about the heat/drouth in Texas for the way Parry is running things? And small government, like raising public service workers by 18%. This guy fits right in with "Weird" and "Flake"..

    August 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. diridi

    @Leroy, No idiotic Texans to mess this nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. SkyKing

    Slick Rick. Good nickname.
    Tell the people what they want to hear and they'll open their wallets to you . . . just as long as you don't call it 'taxes'.
    What you say can defy logic and fact, it doesn't matter, just tell them what they want to hear.
    There's a lot of that coming from Texas. Do you think American voters will realize it or allow themselves to be duped?

    August 16, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Andrew

    His Texanness should be the very least of our worries. This nutburger calls himself a prophet, biblically.

    August 16, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. DR. Taurice Jackson

    Really guys? I could really get into this...but I won't. I will say that you liberals prove once again...that you are idiots. I love reading comments on cnn. It makes me feel good about myself to know that I really am smarter than just aout everyone in the United States. And to think, I am an african american male, and still wonder why someone would have voted for obama.

    August 16, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Whiteman in America

    It's funny to watch you Liberals shift your attacks from Canidate to Canidate. Who ever is getting the most press at the time gets the fury of you Libs. You may want to take a look at your own guy and start thinking of someone you can run against him.

    August 16, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Jimbo

    This evangelical doesn't stand a chance when he assocaites himself with catholic and jew haters. These bible thumpers are lowest of the low when it comes tolerating different beliefs. I think we need to have an intelligence test to be able to vote, that would take out most evangelicals.

    August 16, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. carly

    Perry is nothing but a Bachmann or Palin in men's cloth. He is a right wing nut who will continue the tea party destruction of this country if elected. Of course there is no chance of that happening if the intelligent voters show up to vote.

    August 16, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. DWB

    to Sniffit–your comments are quite eloquent and correct. Thank you for adding an intelligent entry to this comversation

    August 16, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Go Perry

    America has a chance with Perry. It is funny knowing that Obama's team is probably spending a fortune digging up dirt and following him to catch any statement they can magnify into a negative light ...what a honorable group lol.

    August 16, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not hard to understand just what it is the baggers see in Perry ... an absolute exemplification of TeaPer in drag ... both physically and mentally.

    August 16, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Sniffit

    Haha...looks like with Parry, the Teatrolls found a blue dress to stain. Sad little ideologues. The man barely passed US History and Economics in college, and you think his budget deficit problems, misuse of the stimulus funds and third world banana republic job creation game simply to pad his numbers are the solution to our nation's problems? This guy would be exacerbating the deficit and debt problems with tax cuts for the rich in a red hot second while you all nodded your heads sagely, watched the rich pocket it all and STILL ran around believing it was the right thing to do and blaming the "spending" instead of the blatantly plutocratic policies you've fallen for and which are contrary to your own self-interest. Kudos. We'll call you up on stage to receive the US's Darwin Award when you finally earn it for us.

    August 16, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. NT

    Some of you here are truly disingenous. Honestly, I would rather have a low paying job than no job at all. It is better to bring some income into the household than to hold out looking for that "top spot". I don't like Rick Perry for President because of what he did to the education system in Texas. He basically gutted it. But I have one thing to say about Perry's "job creation" record. Gov. Perry DID NOT CREATE ANY JOBS. What he and the legislative body did was set the state up in such a way that it was a business friendly environment and those businesses created jobs. The only texan I see running that would be a true challenge to Obama and right the course of this country is Ron Paul. That is who you shold be researching. His ideas are way more thoughtful than any of the rhetoric and blame-game that the other candidates and Obama are out there playing.

    RON PAUL 2012

    August 16, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Bill NY

    This confirms two things. First he did in fact inhale quite a bit. Secondly he needs to wear glasses as Mr. Perry is bone ugly.

    August 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. bman

    Sounds like you all you Dems are scared ! You better get use to the name President Perry, it has a nice ring to it.

    August 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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