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.