Rick Perry’s intimidating talk on Ben Bernanke may be too much even for Ron Paul, the patron saint of the anti-Fed GOP movement.
Paul mocked Perry’s recent statement that Bernanke’s polices may be “almost treasonous” on the campaign trail in New Hampshire Wednesday, referring to him only as “this other governor” and claiming he forgot his name.
“He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too,” Paul said, according to the LA Times. “But I’ll tell you what, he makes me look like a moderate. I have never once said that Bernanke has committed treason.”
Then the punchline: “But I have suggested very strongly that the Federal Reserve system and all the members have been counterfeiters for a long time.”
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.