Coming off a dramatic and highly successful entry into the 2012 Republican nomination race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) escalated his rhetoric against Washington and the Obama administration today by calling Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s emergency economic policies “almost treasonous.”
Asked about the Federal Reserve, Perry told a questioner at a campaign stop in Iowa that if Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election I don’t know what you’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
Perry went on to suggest that a continuation of Bernanke’s policies — a so-called third round of quantitative easing — would be “almost treasonous.”
Longtime Bush aide Tony Fratto later called Perry’s remarks “inappropriate and unpresidential.”
Watch below, from ThinkProgress:
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