Former President Clinton said Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is “a good-looking rascal.”
He also said he “got tickled” when watching Perry announce his candidacy for president.
The former president made the comments Monday at a firefighters conference in New York, according to PolitickerNY.
He also took a jab at the Texas governor for criticizing the federal government while aspiring to be president.
“And he’s saying, ‘Oh, 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.”
On Saturday, Perry jumped into the GOP presidential field, making his announcement in a speech in Charleston, S.C. The speech came at roughly the same time the results of the influential Republican Iowa straw poll were announced at the State Fair in Ames. Perry’s decision to announce his bid at that time resulted in the governor’s name sharing headlines with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who came in first in the poll.
On Monday, Perry already was criticizing President Obama and his reelection campaign, saying Obama has hindered job growth in the U.S.
“Mr. President, you need to free up the employers of this country to create jobs,” Perry said.
Watch Clinton’s speech below: