August 9th, 2012
08:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Sununu: Obama is a 'wuss'

(CNN) - Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, known for his candor, took a jab at former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's book, "A Nation of Wusses," and launched an attack line at President Barack Obama.

"Obama hasn't passed a budget in four years, he's a wuss," Sununu, a Republican, said Thursday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "Obama has rejected the recommendation of his own Simpson-Bowles, on a budget package, he's a wuss. He wants to lead from behind, he's a wuss."

Catch the full interview at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Filed under: 2012 • Ed Rendell • John Sununu • TV-Piers Morgan
Romney Wawa visit diverted by Rendell, protesters
June 16th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney Wawa visit diverted by Rendell, protesters

Quakertown, Pennsylvania (CNN) - The presence of protesters and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was enough to steer Mitt Romney's campaign bus toward another Wawa store in Quakertown Saturday.

The Democratic National Committee has staged stops nearby or along Romney's six-state bus tour, waging their own message campaign called "Romney economics: The middle class under the bus tour."

Filed under: 2012 • Ed Rendell • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
June 7th, 2012
08:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Rendell: 2008 Obama team 'too serious'

(CNN) - In an interview Thursday, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, predicted the 2012 presidential race would be competitive and joked that the Obama campaign lacked a sense of humor.

Well-known governors prepare to leave office
January 1st, 2011
04:03 AM ET
12 years ago

Well-known governors prepare to leave office

Washington (CNN) - Beginning Saturday and continuing over the next few weeks, some of the nation's most prominent governors will be leaving office as a new crop of state chief executives are sworn in.

Among the more well-known governors who will be leaving office: - Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Charlie Crist of
Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mark Sanford of South Carolina - Democrats Bill Richardson of New Mexico, David Paterson of New York, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Ted Strickland of Ohio and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.

Is Rendell the new Rahm?
October 4th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Is Rendell the new Rahm?

(CNN) – Ed Rendell isn't being bashful: he wants the top staff job in the White House.

The outgoing and always outspoken governor of Pennsylvania has told Bloomberg News that being chief of staff to President Obama is the "only" administration post he'd be interested in.


Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Ed Rendell • Rahm Emanuel
September 6th, 2010
08:33 PM ET
August 9th, 2010
07:48 PM ET
July 27th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
13 years ago

Rendell says View may not be appropriate for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Barack Obama appeared on ‘The View’ in 2008, as a Democratic candidate for president."](CNN) – President Obama is taking some flak from a fellow Democrat over his plans to appear on daytime gabfest The View later this week.

Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell suggested the ABC talk-show - which often directs its focus on tabloid stories and celebrity mishaps - may not be an appropriate forum for a sitting President of the United States.

"I think the president should be accessible, should answer questions that aren't pre-screened, but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," Rendell said. (Video via Matt Lewis at Politics Daily)

Rendell, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also likened The View to the Jerry Springer Show – the famed program that has long spotlighted dysfunctional family situations.


Filed under: Ed Rendell • Popular Posts • President Obama
June 18th, 2010
01:38 PM ET
13 years ago

PA Republican chairman requests Sestak-related records

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The head of the Pennsylvania GOP wants to know what Gov. Ed Rendell said to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during discussions they had about Joe Sestak."](CNN) - The head of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania Friday formally requested records that might explain how members of the Obama administration sought to convince Rep. Joe Sestak to abandon his Senate campaign last month.

State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason penned a letter to Pennsylvania's Agency Open Records Officer Mily Maiden seeking "all cell phone, landline and email/written correspondence, sent/received by the Governor [Ed Rendell] or his office, regarding any job offer or other enticement provided to Congressman Joe Sestak or any other Pennsylvania primary candidate, by the White House."

Read Gleason's letter here [pdf]

Rendell told Fox News on June 2 that he and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel "had discussions" about how to persuade Sestak not to challenge incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.

"We very much wanted to persuade Congressman Sestak to stay in the House and run for his seat, 'cause he would have won his seat easily and now that's a seat that's up for grabs," Rendell told Sean Hannity. "So I know that the administration did not want to offer him a job that would have meant he would have to leave Congress."

But Gleason wants to know more.

"How many discussions?", Gleason said in a statement. "Were there email exchanges, and, if so, what was suggested?"


Filed under: 2010 • Ed Rendell • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • Rahm Emanuel
May 23rd, 2010
11:51 AM ET
13 years ago

Pawlenty, Rendell disagree on Tea Party movement's impact

Washington (CNN) – In the wake of Rand Paul’s win last week in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, both national parties are trying to figure out just what to make of the Tea Party movement, the conservative, grassroots movement that backed Paul and has coalesced in opposition to policies of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats.

Democrats and Republicans disagree on the impact of the movement, and those differences were on display Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pennsylvania, defined the movement as “the anger that people feel towards incumbency” and added that “it has some power particularly in Republican primaries.”

But Rendell was quick to dismiss any suggestion that the conservative movement could help the GOP best Democrats in general election face-offs. Pointing to Democrats’ victory last Tuesday in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, the Democratic governor said “the Tea Party was not a factor in that election at all” even though PA-12 has a track record, in Rendell’s words, of being “a Republican-performing district.”

Instead of fearing the Tea Party movement’s impact on Democrats, Rendell said the grassroots movement may be doing a disservice to the GOP.

The movement “is a difficulty for the Republican Party,” Rendell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Rendell pointed to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (who decided to skip his state’s GOP Senate primary and run without a party affiliation) and Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (who did so poorly at a recent state convention that he did not even make it to the GOP primary) as casualties of the Tea Party movement’s fervor.

And the Democratic pol said the Tea Party movement’s influence in GOP primaries will help Democrats this November.

“I think the Tea Party movement candidates are going to be more easy to beat in a general election. I think that’s the case with Rand Paul,” Rendell told Crowley.

For his part, Minnesota’s Republican governor said he was glad to have the Tea Party movement affiliated with the GOP, despite its potential pitfalls.

Filed under: 2010 • Ed Rendell • Popular Posts • State of the Union • Tea Party movement • Tim Pawlenty
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