Bedford, N.H. – Rick Perry acknowledged the “trouble” he got into for appearing to threaten Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
"I got in trouble about talking about the Federal Reserve yesterday,” the usually full-of-braggadocio Texas governor said in a stop here today. “I got lectured about that yesterday."
That's different than what Perry said in Iowa, per the New York Times: “Look, I’m just passionate about the issue,” he said. “We stand by what we said.”
But he pivoted to take a shot at the White House.
"Yesterday, the President said I need to watch what I say. I just want to respond back if I may. Mr. President, actions speak louder than words. My actions as governor are helping create jobs in this country. The president's actions are killing jobs in this country. It's time to get America working again."
Perry bounded onto the presidential scene with much fanfare, but he was dinged for the first time for saying in a much-talked-about on-camera comment: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don‘t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
I mean printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, uh, treasonous, in my opinion.”
Perry then accused Bernanke, a George W. Bush appointee, of doing so “to play politics” – something he said would be “almost … treasonous.”
That comment was met with swift rebukes from members of former President Bush’s administration.
“You don’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason and suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas,” former Bush adviser Karl Rove told FOX yesterday.
Tony Fratto, a former Bush White House spokesman, in a Tweet yesterday called Perry’s remarks, "Inappropriate and unpresidential."
Perry has a fine line to walk – between the Tea Party and the establishment. He wants to be the candidate of both, and cannot afford for one side to turn on him.