Perry not backing down on Bernanke remarks
August 16th, 2011
02:28 PM ET
11 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. SecedingfromTexas

    Three days in and here's what we know about Perry:
    He calls the Chairman of the Fed a traitor if he "prints more money for political reasons". The idiot does not know
    the Fed is an independent entity, the Chairmanship is set for a certain amount of time, and he cannot be removed by
    the President.
    He thinks social security and medicare are unconstitutional
    He insinuates the Military does not respect President Obama
    He insinuates President Obama does not love America as much as he does, when asked he says "go ask him"!
    His record as Governor is out there for all to see, and a pathetic record it is
    He "kisses off" with a hand gesture his opponent Romney
    Crude and crass is putting it mildly.

    August 16, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Daddy Blomeier

    Perry looks and acts like a snake oil salesman... The Texas mirage will get the light shined on it, and Perry will fall. Plus making statements like that will turn off independent voters. We already had on not very smart folksy fellow from Texas hoodwink the country, we can't be that dumb, can we???

    August 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. SaintM

    Typical swagger for a Bush Clone. He has no sense of decorum.

    Imagine how this louse would talk to world leaders. In fact, imagine how any of the Republican candidates would talk to world leaders, or how they would handle a crisis. Bachmann, Romney and Perry would fail this country big time, and Perry would especially send us back to the "Bush Era" of being hated and riduculed around the world. Keep talking ugly like that–maybe someone will throw a pair of shoes at you.

    August 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. a health economist

    Treasonous, huh? Kind of like implying a particular state which you are the governor of should secede from the Union.

    August 16, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Independent Texan

    TREASON !?!?!?!? From a wingnut who spoke of Texas as becoming a Republic once again !!!!! I`m a life long Texan and this guy makes Bush look like a left-wing Socialist. For heaven`s sake, don`t let him in the White house as he`ll split this country right down the middle.

    August 16, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Ibamaliar

    Way to go Perry. It's about time sometime told Obama what a fool his administrations is. He thinks all he has to do is print more money. What a Moron and loser. I can't believe the American people were so stupid as to have put this idiot into the White House. We're really showing the world just how smart this country has become.Just like our school systems and how they downgraded once intergration hit. They have now operated for forty years and are still struggling to get everyone on an even kild. You have to teach on the level of the worst student you have in the the class. In most cases several of these morans are sitting there with their only future is the Pen.

    August 16, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Get Them and take obama too

    Stand in their faces and spill the truth and let the blood letting begin, obama and his administration needs the same as they dish out, Texas has come and its not taking prisoners.

    August 16, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. John

    He's a loose cannon. God save our country if Rick Perry ever becomes its President.

    August 16, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Charles

    Next thing you know he will be eating a fried stick of butter and judging a pig contest!

    August 16, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Jason Herr

    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with
    an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that
    no one objected once it´s realized that our liberty and wealth are in
    Jeopardy” July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the un-patriotic so called Patriot Act.

    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong defense

    He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional

    He also served his country in the Vietnam War.

    August 16, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Perry is a Texas sized IDIOT!!!

    August 16, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. joann

    Perry is George W. Bush 2.0

    August 16, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Kevin

    The Devil's greatest trick was to convince people he was one of them. A slickly dressed smooth talking snake oil salesman.

    August 16, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Big Al

    "we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."
    Shocked! Speechless!

    August 16, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    It's great to see Gov. Perry call out Obama and Bernanke on this greedy, self-serving kind of manuever. Obama is basically talking about printing money...diluting the value of the US dollar... to buy votes. That's a blatant disregard for the American taxpayer and the American economy. What's new?

    August 16, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Dave

    Perry is a fake, a fraud and 100% status quo like Bush and Obama. If you want someone who really will do something about the FED and is NOT just giving lip service then vote for

    August 16, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Oldie in TampaBay

    it is said that "the truth shall set you free" .. in Perry's case .. the truth is gonna bury him ...

    August 16, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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