Bad Blood

Romney and Perry’s Longstanding Feud

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry sure didn’t seem like friends at Tuesday night’s debate, and, in fact, they’re not: Bad blood has long coursed between the two men, going back to 2006 when Romney, as the chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association, hired a consultant who worked for one of Perry’s political opponents. Perry then attacked Romney in his 2008 book about the Boy Scouts for banning the scouts from the 2002 Olympic Games. And Romney, apparently, never forgave Perry for endorsing Rudy Giuliani in 2008.