- - Monday, August 15, 2011

GOP

With Perry in 2012 race, McDonnell takes over RGA

RICHMOND, Va. — Now that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is taking over as head of the Republican Governors Association.

The association made the announcement Monday morning, two days after Mr. Perry formally announced his candidacy. Mr. McDonnell had been the RGA’s vice chairman.

Mr. McDonnell’s new post will place more demand on his political time for travel across the country supporting GOP gubernatorial candidates. It also elevates the popular governor’s profile as an often-mentioned vice presidential running mate.

Mr. McDonnell said in a statement that the RGA is in a position to have an unprecedented impact this election cycle.

Twenty-nine U.S. governors are Republicans.

NEW YORK

Bill Clinton: Perry a ‘good-looking rascal’

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton says Rick Perry is a “good-looking rascal” but dismisses the Texas governor’s policies as “crazy.”

Mr. Clinton made the comments Monday during an address to a meeting of the International Association of Firefighters. The Democrat told the group he had watched Mr. Perry’s speech Saturday in which the governor announced he was running for president and joining the Republican race.

Mr. Clinton said it was “crazy” that Mr. Perry wants to cut the federal government but would take advantage of government perks like Air Force One if elected president.

Mr. Perry is on a weeklong campaign swing through early primary states.

OHIO

Briefcases cause scare at Boehner’s office

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