Perry continues Bernanke criticism
August 17th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry continues Bernanke criticism

Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN) – Rick Perry chuckled but did not back down from his controversial charge that printing more U.S. dollars would be "treasonous" when he was asked about the Federal Reserve at a political breakfast Wednesday.

"I got a lecture about that yesterday," he said, causing scattered laughter in the audience at the Politics and Eggs forum in Bedford.

The Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. prompted outrage Monday when he said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be "treasonous" if he printed more money to stimulate the economy prior to the 2012 election.

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

President Obama joined other critics, including GOP 2012 hopeful Rick Santorum, in calling those comments irresponsible.

At Wednesday's event Perry added he thought the Federal Reserve should be audited.

"An agency of government like the Federal Reserve, they should open their books up, they should be transparent so that the people of the United States know what they're doing," Perry said. "Until they do that, I think there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States."


Filed under: 2012 • Ben Bernanke • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. coy4one

    What's treason is to accuse any American of treason just to attempt to get elected. Talk about improper acts!!

    August 17, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Suggesting that Texas secede from the union is treasonous you moron. There will not be a texan president for the next few decades. Dubya screwed that up for you guys.

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. ClydeTheSlyde

    Tomorrow i expect him to use the word "lynchin' " to which he will receive a standing ovation from his mindless, hate-filled followers. He's taking a page from Palin's failed 2008 playbook! History teaches a dreadful lesson about those who acheive power through fear!

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I got a lecture about that yesterday," he said, causing scattered laughter in the audience
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Awww, they think it's 'cute' when he makes these kinds of statements.
    This is exactly the same kind of tolerance for cutesy stupidity that brought us The Shrub and his Apocalipse.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Please let this idiot win the GOP , wait nevermind with the right wing religious country we now live he can actually win the WH!

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Jack Russell

    He wants Texas to secede from the US. So why is he not putting the wheels in motion?

    August 17, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Straight Shooter

    And which one of those ideas creates jobs or improves the ecomony?

    August 17, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    This is not republican primary this is GOP most dumbest competition

    August 17, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. glib lib

    "President Obama joined other critics, including GOP 2012 hopeful Rick Santorum, in calling those comments irresponsible."

    everything Perry says is irresponsible.

    August 17, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    What an idiot

    August 17, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Some poster saidyesterday that Perry came across as more American than President Obama.
    I am so sorry that you perceive us as brash, irrresponsible, low-brow, boisterous, no-substance, lying rabble-rousing as this man.
    I KNOW that we're better than that, and more accurately represented by the values, integrity, and hard-work ethic of our current President Barack Hussein Obama.

    August 17, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. BobHouse

    Oh boy...wait until the rumors start circulating, as they have in Texas and some smaller media outlets, that Perry is gay. That will drive a lot of Republicans nuts....and cause mass hysteria in the tea party...and just because he is married means nothing...so was Gov. Jim McGreevey of New jersey....these rumors will be hard to dispel once they get out there....

    August 17, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Bill

    Keep it up, goofball. I can not wait to se the campaign commericial that gets ginned up containing your outrageous, buffoonish and stupid remarks.

    August 17, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. realitybites

    I guess the have hoof and mouth disease in Texas and now it's starting to spread across the midwest. Tiime to get rid of the herd before it gets worse.

    August 17, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. SecedingfromTexas

    This is what you want to be your President? Perry should resign as Governor and quit bilking the Texas taxpayers out
    of their money for doing nothing! Pay your own rent, show us your "books", name your donors, and try telling the
    truth about your "record". You look more foolish every day, and most of Texas is embarrassed. Go live with the
    Koch Bros.

    August 17, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Shirley In California

    Texans sure are ignorant. Aren't they?

    August 17, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. George Busch

    And if he got in he would try to convert us into the Nazi state Bush wanted. No rights, no freedoms and big brother watching your every move all in the name of "security from terrorists", which is repug speak for "keep liberals under our heels". If you don't agree with Perry's views it is treason.

    August 17, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. USN-Ret

    Please America, vote Rick Perry to the Office of the Presidency. That way we can at least get him out of Texas and near er to his ilk. I still remember his badmouthing of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson during his last campaign for Govenor. Trust me America, he is NOT what he appears.

    August 17, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Bob Texas

    I'm from Texas. If you want him take him. He is a legend in his own mind. Please send him anywhere but here

    August 17, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. renee

    Open your books gov good hair!!!!!!!!!!!! Perry is a facist!!!!

    August 17, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Voice1

    Does this clown even know the role of the Fed? Why doesn't the media ask him that question? Fed's job is to constantly monitor and stimulate the economy when needed and curtail when it is getting overheated. Currently, we need the Feds to stimulate the economy, if not we will be running at 20% unemeployment.

    August 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "Until they do that, I think there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States."

    It sounds like a conspiracy to undermine the US. After nearly a hundred years, it's about time we find out their true goal.

    August 17, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Jose M. Aguado

    They don't make it any dumber than that! he is from Texas... what can we expect from a bible toting right wing nut!!!! Republican is the right party for these white supremacist nuts! expect more wars!!

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Sniffit

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

    1. It's only "playing politics" if it would work to help the economy and the middle-class and poor, which in turn would theoretically help Obama in 2012...that's the blatant subtext to his statement. Therefore, Parry is admitting it would work by making this accusation. He knows this because his advisors informed him of it, not because he has the first freekin' clue what he's talking about. Reek Parry characterizes it as "playing politics" because he doesn't want the economy to improve...he wants all of us suffering as much as possible so he can blame it on Obama for 2012, whcih has been a central pillar of the GOP's obstructionist nonsense since January 2009.

    Here's the TRUTH:

    If there is a choice to do something helpful or not do it, failure to do it for ANY reason is "playing politics." Bernanke should institute another round of quantitative easing because it is helpful to US as human beings and the citizens of this country who are watching all of our dreams get flushed down the golden toilets of the extremely wealthy and their corporations. Whether more quantitative easing helps Obama or helps Reek Parry or for some unknown reason convinces someone at NBC to finally put the Muppet Show back on the air in a prime time slot...that all has nothing to do with whether it should be done and, quite frankly, neither should Bernanke's motivations for doing whatever they may subjectively be. Right action supercedes right motives...and helping the economy, the middle-class, the poor, etc. is right action.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Ibamaliar

    Way to go perry. Stand up to the moron lineral network and that is most of the media. Show them and Obama you mean business and are the man Texans have been behind for many a year now. You are no push over and I can not wait until your one one one with the scrolling machine operator searching for a reply to give you. WHAT YOU WANT TO BET HE GET UP AND WALKS OFF STAGE WHEN HE TANGLES WITH YOU. He will finally see what a man is made of.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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