'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.

Filed under: 2012 • Federal Reserve • Rick Perry
soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    Yes, Rick Perry is an idiot, and we need him to leave Texas ASAP. He actually prints his name, rather than signs his name, on government documents.

    August 19, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Ted W.

    An idiot, no. A MORON absolutely!

    August 19, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Sandra Johnson

    I don't know why people in Texas, didn't know he was an idiot and kept voting for him for Gov., what does that say for
    Texas. I live in Texas, the jobs created in Texas were at Walmart, if you want them come and get them. You need to fact check when listening to the lie. Rick Perry is the one who has profited. Teachers, students, educators, and the economy has suffered during Perry's reign, he is only concerned for big business, corporations, he is not a leader but a puppet, who ever has the money, can pull his strings. We don't have a state income tax, just high taxes..property, sales and the new term a fee for everything...Read if you can Tea Party Mike...I live in Texas I know..He took stimulus money, then said, he didn't..but squandered away money while the mansion was in repair...failed to debate during governor's race..know you know why. i can't wait to see him debate..instead of speaking like Jimmy Swaggart..maybe he will cry too.

    August 19, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Kiki

    As Howard Stern is called "King of All Media", many Texans (including me) crown Rick Perry "King of All Idiots"! I can't imagine who keeps voting for this hypocrite.

    August 19, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Dave

    Well, he's a guy even Republicans think is an idiot. That's sure to get him lavish praises on Fox News and win over the Tea Party base in the process

    August 19, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Sandra Johnson

    People with degrees in Texas are in the unemployment lines, where are the jobs Perry has created..stop telling that lie and prove it...Come to Texas and see for yourself..Minimum wage jobs at Walmart, is not going to get this economy moving. You sat by and let the republicans run our country's economy into the ditch..with greed, lies about the need for war,and said nothing for 8 years...made money off the middle class, hardworking taxpayers, who kept this country growing...now that we have lost our jobs (most have been shipped overseas) you can clearly see, when we don't work in this country it has a domino affect...around the world. Look at the world's economy..The middlle class exist no more, bring back our jobs..let the rich pay their fair taxes....stop funding other countries...let's take care of home now..Oil industries, corporations,insurance companies, banks and others have milked us dry...When we work, the economy works!

    August 19, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Gene Brady

    Perry and Bachmann should procreate and make idiot babies...... Name them George and Sarah

    August 19, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. dirtystone

    Bottom line here is simple. The Bushies hate this guy because he wouldn't bow down to them. He told them to quit calling him, that HE would run Texas, not them. They felt dissed, and that is the story. Carl Rove is pushing Paul Ryan you will notice...no love lost between the Bush and Perry camps.

    August 19, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    "But I feel very safe in saying that the majority of Americans who do not believe that the Obama policies have created jobs and especially the millions of unempolyeed Americans, are very interested in what Perry has done in Texas to create so many jobs when the rest of the country is struggling to do so."

    Parry has created a lot of low-paying, little or no benefits jobs. President Obama, despite the Republicans' every effort to stop him, kept our country from going into a Great Depression; his policies would do even more good if the Republicans and teabaggers would put our country's best interest ahead of their own political gain.

    Isn't that pathetic? The GOP and teabaggers are willing to destroy our country in their efforts to regain power.

    Not only is Parry an idiot, anyone who hasn't recognized just what his party and the teabaggers are up to are also idiots.

    August 19, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Eric Croson

    As an Independent it is very difficult to have to make real decisions about who's worthy of my vote, as no one person is a perfect candidate for any office. I find in most cases I have to pick between the better of two, and sometime more, polititions to place my vote with. However with this Gov. Perry individual I find that he has a great deal of growth to make before running in the highest office in the country. Frankly I don't know how he got elected. But as in almost all Governers
    he 's proven the 'Peter Principle' for his constituents. They were looking at his glamor effect rather than anything substantially intellectual. I'd rather see a monkey get the presidency than this shell of a man. Where do these so called conservatives come from and why?: Perry, Bachman, Palin, and their ilk. Imagine what direction our country would head if they were elected? Although I have to say that I saw a picture of Bachman deep-throating a big sausage in the news. At least she could placate some of the leaders of countries around the world that are holding our bonds....I hope the Repuiblicans find someone better than these three before the convention

    August 19, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    while he was at it why didn't he call Sarah Palin an idiot too for agreeing with Perry? And those of you saying the Dems are SCARED TO DEATH of Rick Perry...didn't you guys use that same line with the left being scared to death of Sarah Palin. I think the ones that are scared is the GOP of Obama since they can't seem to be happy with the field they have to challenge him and keep trying to get folks like Chris Christie to run. Oh by the way I live in Texas and Perry IS an idiot.

    August 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Perry is an idiot and he is a liar. His record in TX is horrible and the people of TX hate him. He has destroyed education there and they have the lowest high school graduation rate in the country. They have the highest illiteracy rate. Perry has not created jobs. He bribed companies to move to TX with only minumum wage jobs. He wanted to secede TX from the Union. He is fake Christian and a known racist. He is not only an idiot but a destroyer of his State and threatens people with violence who do not agree with him. Let the two morons- him and Bachmann keep ripping the Republican Party to shreds. America is sick to death of their extremism and NO JOBS agenda.

    August 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. VistaPoint

    We do not need Mr. Bartlett to tell us that; we know it already. Rick Perry does not know anything about economics or for that matter any subject including religion. This guy is running for President and does not seem to know the role of the Federal Reserve. He is threatening Fed Chairman with treason for ...stimulating the economy. Federal Reserve was created to ensure that our country does not get stagnated and has the responsibility to stimulate the economy whenever there is a recession. We need the economy to be stimulated, we want jobs, we want growth.... and Perry apparently does not think so. He would rather have the country suffer just so that he can make a political point to win an election. Does this guy really care about the economy? He never really cared about Texas. All he cares about is himself. if Mr. Bernanke could put some money in Perry pocket, Bernanke would be his closest friend.

    August 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. ramrants

    I seriously think this is part of the Republican plan to distance Perry from Bush. Dems are going to have a tough time painting Perry as BushIII when his entire circle keeps bashing him. All Perry has to say is, "Those guys hate me because I'm nothing like them".

    August 19, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. hypatia

    well, he is an idiot!

    August 19, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Jersey George

    Rick Perry can't handle the truth that he's a flaming idiot.

    August 19, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. thomas

    Vote for yell leader Supremo !

    Perry il duce 2012

    I love the photos of Ricky at Texas A&M , wow , he's gay as day !

    August 19, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Well....let's see..and idiot and a Blowhard.....

    Sounds like another Texas Combination we knew..Can you spell SHRUB?

    August 19, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Vader

    The Rick Perry campaign responded today to characterizations of the Governor as an 'idiot' by a former Bush official with:

    "Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! Your mother is ugly and your feet stink!"

    More on the 10pm news....

    August 19, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Denise MIller

    The title of this article alone is proof of CNN's political bias. I for one, am just plain sick of it. I honestly don't know why I even check in here. So much for journalistic integrity. One would have thought that a respectable journalist wouldn't resort to name calling. Of course, if you can't logically oppose a person's position, then you attack a person's character. CNN is great at this; however, interestingly they choose to attack Republicans versus Democrats 9 times out of 10.

    August 19, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Joshua

    Great! Another nobody refers to a Republican as an idiot. Quick, let's write a story and post it at CNN.

    August 19, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. caeser

    Everything's big in Texas..including their idiots.

    August 19, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Brian

    Some guy who nobody's ever heard of called Rick Perry an idiot... front page news on CNN... Israel is attacked and 7 people die and you can't even comment on the story

    August 19, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Stanton

    he would have to raise his iq a few points just to reach idiot level, Dan.

    August 19, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. thomas

    @ sTACEY

    You are such a Bimbo ! You never gave notice or concern when GW Bush traveled did you , He would fly his two girls , wife and himself on deferent aircraft time and time again. Look at the vacation time Obama has taken compared to Bush. Bush took more vacations right after 911 then most travel guides !

    You complain about the Presidents Bus , his Car , Air Forse one , all you obstructionist dinosaur wackos do is complain .
    All you morons who voted for GW Bush and followed his dumb ass into two wars lasting ten years , that shredded our economy. You need to pull your pants down and look in the MIRROR !

    August 19, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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