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Former Pa. Gov. Rendell: "Everyone is Scared of the NRA"

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesNEW YORK) -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell decried federal lawmakers for failing to pass a permanent ban on assault weapons, such as the one used in Friday’s deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.

Rendell said it was an “act of cowardice by the Congress” not to renew the ban, which expired in 2004, and blamed lawmakers for being too “terrified” of the National Rifle Association, which has lobbied against the ban, to actually do it.

“We’re terrified of the NRA. We Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. Everyone is scared of the NRA,” Rendell said Friday on MSNBC. “There are some things worth losing for in politics, and to be able to prevent carnage like this is worth losing for.”

Rendell said there is “no reason” for people to have assault weapons.

“No hunter needs it, no citizen needs it to protect their home,” he said. "Citizens are allowed to have firearms, shotguns, no assault weapons."

The former governor also called on Congress to ban high-capacity gun clips like the one Jared Loughner used to kill six people and wound Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., last year. Rendell said Friday that a ban on high-capacity magazines, which can hold twice as many bullets as regular gun clips, would have saved people from “serious bodily injury” in the Tucson shooting.

“We need leadership, and we need someone to stand up and say enough is enough,” Rendell said.

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Gov. Rendell Defends Bloomberg, Talks Life Post-Governorship

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Outgoing Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been a vocal critic of the NFL’s decision to postpone last weekend’s Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Viking game due to inclement weather, lamenting that “we’re becoming a nation of wussies.”  But Rendell on Friday came to the defense of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s under fire for what many see as the city’s poor response to the snowstorm.

“It was difficult to predict, it came very quickly and swiftly,” Rendell told ABC News. “New York’s had a very good track record of snow removal and…you can’t hit a home run every time at bat and even the best players in sports have bad days. I don’t know what happened in New York. I know some areas were clean better than others, but by and large, the Bloomberg administration does a very good job on things like this.”

As for his future post-governorship, Rendell played down chatter that he had been picked as the new White House chief of staff.

“ I don’t have the stature that Colin Powell has,” said Rendell, who sees the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the ideal candidate for the job. “I don’t think hardly anybody in America has that stature of non-partisanship, acting in the good of the country. I think that’s what we need.”

“If they are going to replace [acting Chief of Staff] Peter Rouse or keep Peter as a deputy, I’d love to see [ex U.S. Senator] Tom Daschle. I think he’s another person who could bring this together very effectively."

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