Nov 7, 2011 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has an unexpected defender: Former president Bill Clinton.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Clinton said he didn’t think much of the Republican field vying for the nomination against President Obama. “I think that most of what they’re debating is crazy,” he said, noting that he had watched the Las Vegas debate last month which featured spirited exchanges between Perry and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
“It makes my skin crawl when they attack Rick Perry for one of the best things he did,” Clinton says, that is, his support of a Texas law that grants in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants brought to the state as children. “What would they like?” Clinton demands. “Would they like the kid to stand on a corner and sell dope or something?”
Perry takes the same view: He says the Texas law creates “tax-paying contributing members” of society.
Clinton also cautions Democrats against dismissing the GOP field as weak and flawed.