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. Anonymous

    When Carl Rove thinks you are too far right, you are on the brink of falling right of the flat earth. Keep moving Rick!

    August 17, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    How dare Perry not play the political game by the rules of the Washington elite!
    The media does not like that.
    Time to quit playing games and get real!

    August 17, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I never would have thought I would feel this way, but I do. I agree with George W. Bush about the Gooberner. I respect and agree with Karl Rove about the gooberner. I have never agreed with those men on anything more serious than a good steak dinner. Bush even roots for the wrong baseball team. Nothing. But, we seem to agree that the Gooberner is not right for America. Not now. Maybe, not ever.

    August 17, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Patriot1980

    Rick Perry's election strategy...become Ron Paul. A look Perry's history will show he's a fraud.

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. jamison

    Perry is one SCARY DUDE. Listening to him is like sheep following Hitler. Obama has been very patient and held back his criticism of this guy, but the gloves will soon be coming off. Then the country will see what a bigoted, evangelical, country hick he really is.

    August 17, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Who will conduct the audit, Mr. Perry, and why should an independent agency be audited, except for a blatantly partisan purpose? He statements betray his ignorance, and I hope he keeps making them.

    August 17, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Marry

    The GOP/TP has created a lot of „talking points“ and Perry seems to be an “inventor” of “new” ones: "Hey, they printed more money to stimulate the economy prior to the 2012 election. That’s treason!!!"

    Perry to Bachmann: He, he, we provide them with very simple statements, even though we know they are in 99% of the time false; and our God fearing sheep are happy to regurgitate whatever we made them swallow. How very smart to cut education!

    August 17, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The lecture Perry should have gotten is THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WE DON'T LYNCH PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE WE DISAGREE after he said "Geitner should be lynched" but I guess Perry meant it's OK to lynch people in Texas when he touted about that's what Texas would do. Perry's a disgrace to the human race, he should be in a cage.

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Jam11

    Warren Buffett and Bill Gate (one of those richest world in the top on the plant), Tiger woods, Oraph, hollywoods, they will donated to Barack Obama presidential campaign money will beat Corporations's money.

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Me

    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.

    So sayeth the D student in economics.

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. nintex

    Believe it or not, not everyone in Texas is like Rick "Yosemite Sam" Perry. There are actually people here who don't ride horses, wear 10-gallon hats, own oil wells, and say "daggumit" (although most of us do say "y'all"). There are a lot of nice, normal people in Texas who are totally appalled at Perry. We voted for Bill White; in fact, I still have my Bill White for Governor tee shirt. God help us all if Perry gets anywhere near the White House.

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. TheTruth

    Teh Federal bank is not an agency of Government! Its a private company...FYI

    August 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. jts ghost

    I saw an excellent interview about Rick Perry on Democracy Now! today. It was with Bob Moser, who has covered Texas politics for years. Moser shared some valuable insights about Perry's overblown rhetoric and partisan policies, stretching from his gubernatorial bids to the present. I think it's a must-see show to understand Perry's current pot-stirring: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/17/rick_perry_stirs_ire_for_fed

    August 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. thomas

    Enron's Favorite State Candidates
    & PACs, 1998 and 2000 Election Cycles
    Recipient Amount Gov. George W. Bush
    $238,000
    Gov. Rick Perry
    $187,000
    A.G. John Cornyn
    $158,000

    This was only in one year .
    Rick Perry Job Creator or economic favoritism ?

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. jamison

    I'm glad Perry created all those (low paying) jobs in Texas. Now people can work at three of them to make ends meet.
    Read my lips. NO NEW TEXANS.

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Skeptic14

    Wow – Gov. Perry says what Ron Paul has been screaming for decades – (1) they need to stop printing money, and (2) they should be audited – and he gets top billing. The STORY here is that new candidate Perry is COOPTING Ron Paul's message. And being so new to the "anti-fed" team, it is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that he is in any way sincere about his comments. He is clearly lying to get into office, just as our current President did so effectively.

    August 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Hyo Lee

    So, any Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy is political now, because boosting American economy will help reelect Obama? This represents well a general sentiment of Republicans that they hope that the economy does not get improved before the 2012 election. Isn't that "treasonous"?

    August 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Embarrased Conservative

    Again, where does this clown of all people come off calling someone else treasonous?

    August 17, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    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."
    =================================================================================================
    At a MINIMUM they should be audited. I think once that happened and people knew what was going on behind the curtain, they'd want it shut down or as they love to say in DC "reformed".

    August 17, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. retrostar1000

    Another know-nothing republican. This man is going home in 2012. Obama is here to stay.

    August 17, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. ART

    Another nitwit texan uncouth moron

    August 17, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Ann Marie

    This man is a joke.

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Parry says that doing something to help the economy is "treason." He's just echoing the Republican strategy to do everything possible to make our country fail and then blame President Obama.

    The treasonous jerk in the room is Parry, wanting to harm our country for his own political gain. This shouldn't be surprising, given Parry's already committed treason by calling for Texas to secede from the Union when he didn't get his way.

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. MTATL67

    OH MY GOD that makes me laugh. Taking Texas debt from $13B to $27B. The Secessionist governor sure borrows enough of that printed money to pay the debt he caused.

    August 17, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Read my lips: NO NEW TEXANS!

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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