Perry continues Bernanke criticism
August 17th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
11 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
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  1. Jim in San Mateo

    What Rick Perry knows about economics would barely fill up a thimble compared to the ocean of knowledge in Ben Bernanke's head. Mr. Bernanke's thorough understanding of how we got into the Depression prevented this Country from getting into another one (compliments of George Bush). This guy needs to go back under his rock.

    August 17, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. zago

    It is telling when you ask a guy with a BS in Animal Science with 2.2 GPA to comment about monetary policy. What else was expected. Last time the country was given to a Perrylike minded guy he almost destroyed it. He brought pain and suffering to every working and low income family around the globe. This time around, Perry would finish it

    August 17, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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