Perry not backing down on Bernanke remarks
August 16th, 2011
02:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry not backing down on Bernanke remarks

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't backing down from comments he made in Iowa on Monday night when he said it would be "treasonous" for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to try to stimulate the economy by printing more money.

"I am just passionate about the issue and we stand by what we said," the Republican presidential candidate said after a luncheon with small business owners in Dubuque.

Earlier Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney criticized Perry's statement.

"When you're president or you're running for president you have to think about what you're saying because your words have greater impact," Carney said. "President Obama and we take the independence of the Federal Reserve very seriously and certainly think threatening the fed chairman is probably not a good idea."

When making an appearance at an event in Cedar Rapids Monday, Perry was asked what he would do about the Federal Reserve.

The governor replied, "If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."

"I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history, is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion," he added.


Filed under: Ben Bernanke • Rick Perry
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. carlos

    he was born with his brin between his legs, it is so obvious.....................besides he is the treasonous for declaring that texas should seceed fromthe union, freaking parasite.

    August 16, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. carlos

    sorry, meant to say BRAIN

    August 16, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. bob in florida

    Perry rings well to the fringe.

    August 16, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Translation: "My campaign advisorrs tell me that quanititative easing...snicker snicker whatever that is wink wink sounds like something that happens after too much beer and Texas chili snicker snicker...actually has a really good chance of helping the economy, and I can't have that happening while I'm trying to run against Obama and blame him for a terrible economy. If you're hellbent on a GOP/Teatroll/conservative taking the WH back from that n...President Obama..then please join me in mindlessly criticizing and calling something 'treasonous' that I don't even have the mental capacity to understand in the first place."

    August 16, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    If I stood you up at the gates of hell, you would back down. You betcha'. I have come to dislike you because of your lies and disinformation.

    Let it be told that you are running for POTUS because your state's budget is a total disaster. Once Texas goes through the budget wringer like MN, you will be joining Pawlenty in the penalty box for lying to the American people.

    August 16, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. dennis freeman

    Almost treasonous? You mean like suggesting Texas secede from the U.S.?

    August 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. hecep

    Perry not backing down? Is that something that politicians are known for, backing down?

    August 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Dave

    Wonderful... We have yet another dumb and arrogant GOP hick from Texas. There seems to be a never-ending supply of them...

    August 16, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Pat

    Lots of treasonous things going on, but that wouldn't be one of them, IMO.

    August 16, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. jk from MN

    Speaking of a Texas secession isn't treason Governor? What a loon.

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Matt

    The same Ben Bernanke that was head of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisors? The same Ben Bernanke that was appointed Fed Chairman by Bush? The same Ben Bernanke that, during an election year in 2008 vastly increase the amount of money printed? He's surely a democratic pawn, right? For a gifted politician, Perry surely knows how to put his foot in his mouth.

    August 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Dumber than a bag of hammers. America, PLEASE don't give him the keys to the car.

    August 16, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. GL

    HE IS BUSH ON STEOIRDS. He is going to burn out by 2012.

    August 16, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. K

    Treason would be condoning secession, Rick Perry. Oh, wait....

    August 16, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Ed

    Treasonous? How about when Gov. Perry declared Texas should secede from the US. Isn't that treasonous? Hypocrite!

    August 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. A Kickin` Donkey

    Independents, if you want a better America, hold these people responsible for their words.

    Too often when one of them gets called on the inappropriateness of their public pronouncements, they try to water down the significance of it with " I`m passionate". "I just love this country", "I was kidding", or my favorite, "America needs to be able to take a joke".

    No, we don`t. This is serious business, These are serious times. And if someone is leadership material, they need to not be seeking a pass for the recklessness of their words.

    Thinking voters, if you turn away from the crop of GRADE C candidates the GOP is offering in 2012, you will help restore America to greatness.

    Republicans won`t cease to exist but they`ll be a lot better in 2016. It`s up to you. Don`t encourage the petulant child.

    August 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history, is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion," he added.
    -------------
    I guess his mentor, GWB, has not taught Perry how to balance his budget. Cut taxes and print money to make up the difference in revenue, so that the next guy can get blamed for it.

    August 16, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    No, Mr. Perry, you're not passionate, you're ignorant, in a big 'ole Texas way. If you don't understand the role of the Federal Reserve, and you've been in government and politics most of your adult life, than you are unqualified to run for POTUS. The role of the Fed is to remain as independent of the politcal BS as possible, and if it makes a decision you disagree with prior to an election, too bad. Frankly, its treason to prefer this country tank rather than prosper, and you are hoping it tanks, but I expect no less from someone who see life through the prsm of his own needs and confuses that witht eh country. I'm waiting for the inevitable book deal about your life story, and it will be entitled " A History of the World, with a foreward from Jehovah": what a psalm-singing fake.

    August 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. blue jay in cali

    the last thing Perry wants to see before the election is a better economy.

    August 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I am just passionate about the issue and we stand by what we said,"
    -------------------------------------------------–
    "We" who? You were the windbag that said it.
    You are NOT ready for primetime Perry. Passion does NOT excuse your bending of the facts, nor your hypocritical and poorly chosen words. Your new "world" stage certainly does NOT give you a bigger platform for spewing even bigger LIES.
    Man,you are going to be so outclassed and "out-thought" if you make it to the final round that you won't be able to remember what possesed you to enter the race in the first place.
    Quit now.
    Obama 2012

    August 16, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Guest

    Words can be more effective or more dangerous. Theses words were uncall for and Perry is running against Bernanke.

    August 16, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. bb

    Perry = Dangerous, Bull-in-a-china-shop, loose-lipped, 'D' student in Animal Sciences, Bush Pt.2 cowboy

    No thanks..

    August 16, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Guest

    Perry is not running against Bernanke.

    August 16, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Ray

    If perry feels this way about Government Money,why didn`t he return the recovery money given to Texas

    August 16, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Ann Marie

    I guess govenors whose states have succeeded don't need to be cautious of what they say to the American public

    August 16, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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