George W. Bush Told Mitt Romney Rick Perry Was Dumber Than He Was: Book
Former President George W. Bush didn’t have the best things to say about his Texas successor in the governor’s mansion when he called out Mitt Romney during the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, according to a new book.
“People thought I was stupid. Well, wait until you see this guy,” Bush told Romney, now a Republican U.S. senator, of then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to one interpretation. of the exchange in “Thank you for your servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the bid price.”
Bush made the comments after Perry entered the 2012 Republican presidential race, according to the book’s author, journalist Mark Leibovich. Perry was lieutenant governor while Bush was governor, then assumed the governorship of Texas when Bush ran for president.
Romney ended up being the 2012 Republican nominee for president, but lost to President Barack Obama.
Spokespersons for Bush, Perry and Romney did not return emails seeking comment on the book.
Leibovich’s book, which comes out Tuesday, contains extensive information about Trump’s presidency and the Republicans in Congress who supported him. Perry ran for president again in the 2016 cycle, but lost to Donald Trump. When Trump became president, he appointed Perry as energy secretary.
Of Perry, Leibovich writes that he “will never be considered a brilliant historian. Or anything brilliant”.
Perry, who was Texas’ longest-serving governor, not known to be a jerk but was a major political force in Texas.
Several events contributed to the rumours. When Bush was governor, he declined to appoint Perry’s brother-in-law, Joseph Thigpen, to the Texas Court of Appeals. Pear also said when running for a third term for governor that Bush was not a fiscal conservative, and prior to that run, former President George H. W. Bush endorsed then-Senator Perry’s GOP challenger. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
“Privately, the former president referred to his successor as a political lightweight and not very bright,” said a Los Angeles Times article from 2011. “Perry pokes fun behind closed doors at Bush’s privileged past and popularity among country-club Republicans, suggesting the New England native is a fake Texan.”
Bush has shed light on his critics’ questions about his own intelligence over the years.
“As I like to say to C students: you too can be president,” he said. Told Southern Methodist University students at a 2015 graduation ceremony.