Bill Clinton Dissing Rick Perry [Video]

Here’s some footage of Bill Clinton’s keynote speech at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ conference this morning, where he assailed Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry as a “good-looking rascal” whose anti-government platform was “crazy.”

I emailed a Perry campaign spokesman this afternoon for response and will update when it comes in.

The video and transcript are below.

Bill Clinton:

“This doesn’t have to be a partisan deal. This is about whether you believe America is a country where we do best when we share the responsibilities and share the benefits. And where we try to create a future that we share. And for thirty years now we’ve been moving more and more into the hands, politically, of people who tell us that the government is the source of all the problems. You name a problem, the government’s the problem. If we just had lower taxes, fewer programs and weaker regulations, cutting the cancer of government out of our lives, all will be well.

I got tickled by I watching Governor Perry announce for governor, for president. He’s a good looking rascal, 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.’ I mean, this is crazy.

Look, every person, including even public employees can think of a tax they thought was too high, a program they thought was nuts, a regulation they thought didn’t make any sense. And criticizing the government is part of the birthright of America. After all, we were born in reaction to unaccountable government from King George and the parliament, right? We’ve all done it. But there is not a single, solitary successful nation on earth today that does not have both an effective government and a good economy. And in the world we live in you can’t have ’em unless you have both. So, the thing that bothers me about this debate in Washington is that is makes this us majors into minors and it’s likely to give us policies that will make the economy worse.”

Bill Clinton Dissing Rick Perry [Video]