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)

    Firstly, the Fed didn't say it was going to do what Bush43 part II is accusing it of. Ugh. Our governor is an embarrassment. Note to all: not all Texans are quagmired in the teabaggery nonsense like Perry is. And he's doing that just to get their low information votes.

    August 16, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. SiriusVH

    Can we force Texas out of the Union?

    August 16, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. logic in LA

    Prove how inflexible you are Mr Perry- Show America what a dictator you would be. you would impose Executive Privilege more than George W.- just what we need.

    August 16, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Rob R

    Bush went to an Ivy League college and was still an idiot. Perry barely got through Texas A&M with a 2.0 GPA and runs his mouth like a fool. We do not need another loudmouth Texas governor occupying the White House. I mean, how can someone running for President claim to want to make Washington as "inconsequential" in people's lives as possible? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of running at all?

    August 16, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Why DADT?...Marcus Bachmann can pray away gays out of US military

    Why fix our nations economy ?...Rick Perry can pray away the US debt!

    August 16, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. GOP hates Middle Class

    Keep talking Slick, these soundbytes will be useful against you.
    The C and D Aggie knows more than the head of the bectha daggummitt.

    August 16, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. steve

    rats, i was hoping he would at least wait few weeks or months before exposing himself to the world as a true moron.

    stick a fork in him, he's done already.

    August 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Michael tampa

    Oh boy another idiot out of Texas. Just what we need a president that couldn't even maintain a c average at a state school. Is this all you got GOP?

    August 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. rs

    Printing money is "treasonous"!? How does Perry feel about seccession? Republicans ar crazy!

    August 16, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. pn

    I can visualize Perry leading a lynch mob of evangelical christians towards the Fed.

    August 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. JJ

    Why would anyone care if "Crotch" Perry backs down or not? He's just another garden variety Texas dimwit with the IQ of a rattle...

    August 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Ed

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." –
    Benjamin Franklin

    Did you notice who Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling?
    He threatened to not pay: Social Security Retirees, Military Retirees, Social Security disability and Federal Retirees.
    He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens
    He did not threatened to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates
    He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired
    He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around
    He did not threaten
    not to pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff
    He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients
    He did not threaten the food stamp programs
    He did not threaten
    not to pay foreign aid
    He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters
    The list could go on and on. He is in full political re-election mode! Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with his selfishness and his lies? His type of change is killing our country. He needs to be stopped and only our votes can stop him.
    Do not forget about his tactics when it's election time. Vote Obama out of the Presidency in 2012.
    “2012: THE END OF AN ERROR”

    August 16, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Martha in CF

    Does that mean ex Pres Geo W can also be charged for war crimes??????? You make me sick.........................

    August 16, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. American Patriot

    ...and if there's one thing the secessionist knows about, it's treason.

    August 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. jboh

    39.6% in a 3-way race for Texas governor. His own state is fed-up with this career politician.

    August 16, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm actually ROFLMDominican&AmericanAO!!
    Perry is so NOT going to make it, if only because the American electorate is not THAT stupid.

    August 16, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Ken Eissner

    What a clown. What does a c and d student from A & M know!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. mike linde

    Oh boy, another loud mouth texan. I have found that most of this type are "alligator mouth and humming bird ass."

    August 16, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Chumlee

    What a total idiot! You get what you deserve GOPers.....................

    August 16, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. denise

    We don't claim him, if you want to have him take him to your homestate. You are welcome to him. We can't seem to lose this cat. This is the most we've ever heard him speak. He never debates. And I do mean never. The only thing he is big on is executions, he doesn't listen to other countries or our Preesident. If he had a brain Rick Perry could be dangerous. We don't need anymore minimum wage jobs. He hasn't done much to get jobs to Texas period. And temp jobs don't count Ricky. The last time we had a decent Govenor was when Ann Richards was in office. It's been a long time . This fool gets out a shot gun to kill a what was it possum ?? A coyote ? I don't remember- Texas is not for Rick Perry !!

    August 16, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Here you have it, folks, in plain black and white:

    Parry and the Republicans (and teabaggers, too) have admitted that they don't want our economy and nation to improve during President Obama's first term because more than anything, they want to regain control.

    If that means our economy, our nation and our people suffer, so be it.

    Parry: Once a traitor, always a traitor.

    August 16, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. midleclssfan

    America is so satisfied with the way the Teaparty handled the debt crisis that we would elect one to the presidency. Can you say, insanity.

    August 16, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. denise

    Texans against Rick Perry !!

    August 16, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. MountainsRivers

    I find it terrifying and frustrating that raising the debt limit and devaluing the dollar are the best economic ideas we have in play. But, hell, how are we to know what Obama is thinking? Where's his plan? On paper? I guess we ask Harry Reid? Those of us who question and resist this...vacuum...are terrorists?

    Perry is expressing what many of us feel; that in order to correct this mess, we need to stop using tools that are not, will not and cannot work. He is stating something pretty obvious: there is something very wrong about the apparent political abuse of the Fed. Think that's a stretch? What about the DOJ, ATF, and 'administration officials' selling guns to Mexican gangs? Conspiracy or just political difference...same apparent methods and motivations at play in both situations. Academia gone wild in the biggest frat party of the century! To be this incompetent is...criminal.

    August 16, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Adalbert

    This evangelical fanatic has no idea what he is talking about. Making radical and irresponsible statements is not a mark of a good presidential candidate no matter how popular the remarks are politically for his far right base.

    August 16, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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