'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry
August 19th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
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'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry

(CNN) - Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett labeled newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry "an idiot" Friday.

Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, delivered the choice words to the Texas Gov. in reference to his recent comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

"Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that," Bartlett said Friday on CNN's "American Morning."

Perry sparked controversy when he said Bernanke would be "treasonous" if he printed more money to stimulate the economy before 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," Perry said Monday in Iowa. He stood by his comments Tuesday.

Bartlett said the politics at the Federal Reserve are a serious problem and in part blamed U.S. presidents, who he said have historically not focused their energies on the bank.

"He [Obama] has had open seats on the fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn't care very much about what the fed does," Bartlett said.

Despite serving in Republican administrations, Bartlett is no stranger to GOP criticism, particularly of former President George W. Bush.

Bartlett's 2006 book "Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy" accused the administration of departing from conservative economic principles. More recently he attributed the economic recession to the former president and Republican Party.

Team Perry did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

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soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. brucef

    printing more money treasonous? what about outing a CIA Operative during wartime? Running a false flag operation to nationalize the country against an imaginary enemy and going to war under fals pretenses?

    August 20, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. McGehee

    The Kneepad Media fears candidates like Perry because they know Obama is on the ropes and anyone who can excite the public into hoping (ahem) for real change (ahem) can beat him. So of course they're tearing down Rick Perry, just like they tore down Sarah Palin.

    But my compliments on the acoustics in here. The echo is magnificent.

    (Um, that means "really good" for you typical CNN viewers.)

    August 20, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. rika33

    I thought being an idiot was a prerequisite to being a GOP/Teabagger favorite.Its part of the package, willing to say anything to pander to those people living in their internet shaped world of hidden world conspiracy.

    August 20, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. One Thought

    Finally, an honest, intelligent Republican. How refreshing. I am so tired of hearing these morons spewing the party line with no care for the impact on average Americans. The "I am right, you are wrong" attitude in today's politics is destroying the American dream. How about we try something new next election... VOTE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ECONOMIC INTEREST. If you don't let these morons distract you from what is economically important by speaking of divisive issues like gay marriage (REALLY? how about the 9.7% unemployment rate), God, Jesus or any other mythical creation meant to divide (I don't care about your relationship with "GOD" and seriously should we really vote for someone who hears voices?). Remember, there are more of us than them and if we vote intelligently and not be manipulated by fear or hatred we will get a government that serves the people.

    August 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Autumn

    Yes, I agree with you is Rick Perry is triple idiot and don't know why still have dump people vote for him 3 term for Texas governor. He screw TX big time same as Bush. Rick perry is a big liar before he re-election about the Texas budget with $820 million and unemployment still high. Now I will work for minimum pay without insurance Where he can said: "He is create job for Lone Star state?" Could you prove to us? Listen the CNBC or FOX or CNN idiot Rick Perry. Almost 50% uninsured for adult and children. Go back live under your wife dress same as Bush. Leave us alone. Sarah Palin please go back Alaska.

    August 20, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. markymark2112

    One of you called Bill Clinton an idiot his LOL. Bill Clinton's I.Q. is about 157, what is Rick Perry's 78? The man got a D in economics at Texas A&M and failed courses he majored in. Texas unemployment rate has doubled since he took office and most of the jobs that were created in Texas were government jobs the very thing he rallies against.

    August 20, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. markymark2112

    Of course Tea Party Mike hasn't read any statistics about unemployment rates in Texas that weren't made up by Fox news or he would know the only jobs Perry made in Texas are Government jobs and all you have to do to create them is spend government money.

    August 20, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. David Kellam

    I'm sure all of you criticizing Perry would do a much better job running Texas. We will keep Perry and our booming Texas economy if you do not want him.

    August 20, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Trisha

    Perry would have to work his way up to idiot. He says things like ‎"Science, schmience! Bout as useful as curb feelers on a Brahma Bull!" and and yet some people don't think he's too stupid to be president? In that case, I have to wonder, who's the bigger fool, the fool, or the fool who follows the fool?

    August 20, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Dean

    Bartlett is the idiot.....Maybe he should do some research on the Glass-Steagall Act and who repealled it and its effects. Also should study the Barney Frank, Chris Dodd regualations that fed the housing bubble.

    August 20, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. JohnRJ08

    Bartlett has just insulted every genuine "idiot" in the world.

    August 20, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. KennyG

    Perry has done a great job in Texas. While many states have no new jobs Texas had many. It does not matter whether they are low paying jobs or not, THEY ARE JOBS. What has Obama done to create jobs? Unemployment remains high; dollar is greatly devalued, causing higher prices in almost everything; we do not have an energy program; and on and on. Meantime, Texas has become a most favorable place for new businesses, cost of living is low (2000 sf brick homes for under $200,000, etc.), no income taxes (just an 8% sales tax), highway improvement being made, etc. Only real problem is school financing, and hopefully that is being worked on. I am confident that the state will continue to grow; and he will have had a lot to do with it.

    August 20, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. jvm123

    Rick GPA A&M 1.9583, isn't the what we need right now. As the rock band the Who said "meet the new boss, the same as the old boss....we don't get fooled again"......by the way unemployment rate in Texas just increased from 8.2 to 8.4. Is RP taking credit for this too?

    August 20, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Joker429

    Rick Perry for President!.....He will end this "illlegal" thing by opening the borders, so that our good rich citizens can take full advantage of our country's demise......He will decrease unemployment, by taking one U.S. citizens $15 per Hr. job and turning in to two Mexicans jobs @ $7.50 per Hr...... CEOs, who demand the value of good cheap 5$ a day labor in our country, love and support Rick Perry, So Friend, Why don't you? REMEMBER: Open Borders Rick Perry for 2012 !

    August 20, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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