Bill Clinton on Perry: He's a 'good-looking rascal'
August 15th, 2011
04:51 PM ET
12 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
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  1. Larry

    Bill Clinton called him a rascal, but I will go a little bit further to call Rick Perry a swashbuckler, ready to sword off any thing that stands in his way. Yes, we should elect him to saber rattle with our number one economic enemy, CHINA.

    August 16, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Some of these comments here are HILARIOUS!!! You've got to read all of the posts ( especially on a topic as ridiculous as Perry for President!) and if you don't find yourself ROFLAO you might want to check your pulse!

    August 16, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. no way

    You know all of these super anti-gay types like to S a D while the wife's out of town.

    August 16, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    Perry For president 2012 Hell yeah.

    August 16, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. barbara

    Look who's calling the kettle black.

    August 16, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. delos

    Just a curiosity have you ever notices Democratic president aft retireing, are alway called on by other nation and such to help during desasters and some travel the world promoting all that is good in America, Whiles Republican don,t aspire to any thing after leaving office. examples ; J.C. habat for humanity, B.C. Relief for Headi, and the list go on and on, tell me why is this. and I'll even let you off the hook for G.W. D.Chaney, D. Rumsfeld ( It common knowledge these guy's can't leave the country because the might be arrested.

    August 16, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. cevans, texas

    @ proud of me texas educcasion

    You must be from the backwoods of Texas!

    Nuff said.

    August 16, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Billy

    I DID NOT HAVE RELATIONS WITH THE GOP!!!! – Billyboy Clindton

    August 16, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Noperooni

    But what I really want to know is if Rick Perry is friends with Dan Beebe.

    August 16, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. DreamTeam

    Clinton and Perry – America's next Dream Team.

    Arkansas and Texas.

    Makes for a duel party ticket.

    I'd vote for them.

    The South shall rise again.


    HeeHaw and all.

    Ride'm cowboys.

    Take time to think what they could achieve in the WH.

    August 16, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. sara

    Clinton got it right!!!! "Gov"ment" only good if I'm taking something from it"............ These hypocrites are not Fooling Americans.

    August 16, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. DreamTeam

    Please post comments. Thank you!

    August 16, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Nissim

    To GI Joe
    Hi Joe, you said that Perry paid these young ladies that he had sex with to keep their mouths shut. I beg to differ. He definitely paid those young ladies, but it wasn't to keep their mouths shut 😉 hahaha

    August 16, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. molleja

    Perry is much more presidential than Obama. He displays more authority, strength, self confidence, and "Americaness" than Obama. Perry is not a stuffed suit or a fraud. He has TONS more governing experience than the wonder boy community organizer.

    August 16, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Chef-a-roo

    The problem is too many Texans are delusional. All the Repubs/Tea's cry about the debt ceiling and guess who raised it the most since Double R? That's right, the Repubs! Proven and factual!
    As for Obama's record I agree that it sucks but, it is still better than the Repubs holding out like little baby's to get what they want, they never reach across the aisle. Where were the Repubs when GW raised the debt ceiling mutliple times? I didn't hear ANY of them crying, not once when GW raised at will. Why they were collecting all the windfall from their big business buddies. 🙂
    I say ALL politicians who get paid when other government employees DO NOT should NEVER get paid EITHER! If they cannot aggree they don't GET PAID! PERIOD!
    As for all the jobs crated in Texas under Perry, great! If you like minimum wage! Between Perry and Bachman- There has to be a better Repub choice, or is there?

    August 16, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. molleja

    Dear Lord, I pray for a Godly President and leaders who will seek YOUR wisdom and will. Who will look to you for Devine guidance in the governing of this nation.....ONE Nation UNDER God. God, YOU are the only hope for America. Hope and change rests with you, not with mere mortal men.

    August 16, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. DreamTeam

    Way to say it @molleja.

    August 16, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ molleja: I see you like the strong, grunting type to represent you and your country with elegant, erudite world-leaders. He could shoot off his twelve-shooter while hollering YEEEHAWW just as a further show of that presidential strength. Monosyllabic words and hand gestures would finish off this portrait of a "true" Amerikun Preshudent.
    Yeah, that's the ticket....

    August 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. thomas

    Fool me once shame on me , fool me twice Bush , fool me a third time Perry !

    How much money did Rick Perry take from Enron to create jobs ?

    August 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Chef-a-roo

    As for all the jobs crated in Texas

    Yes, I did say "crated" instead of created, that's Bush'ism speak!

    August 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. JE

    RIck Perry formerly worked as Al Gore's campaign manager...He is the one the globalists are backing....a complete puppet...He vowed he would not run for President...well there is one broken promise to start with...there are lots of others issues I have with him but basically...I would rather have the better Texan to be President - Ron Paul....a man of integrity who respects and defends the constitution. Who has a PROVEN 12 year track record of never voting for tax increases...or unconstitutional spending!!

    August 16, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Sue

    Yea, Augie Doggie comes to mind.

    August 16, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. DSAY

    GI JOE- He is good-looking – and more of a womanizer than Clinton ever dreamed of being. 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. Oh how much must he have had to pay those "young ladies" the last few months to keep their mouths shut. I venture to say at least one of them will come forward in the not-too-far-future. ha ha ha ha ha

    -What are you talking about? Do you just spew forth idiocy in hopes someone will pay attention to your non-sense? Do you have any proof, or is libel something just a pastime? Ridiculous.

    August 16, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. cevans, texas


    You mean he has TONS more of lies and deceptions. Do you live in Texas? Obviously NOT!

    August 16, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. NOBAMA2012

    Absolutely anyone that replaces Obama would be an asset to the county.

    August 16, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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