On Monday, Texas Governor and recently declared Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry drew fire for essentially accusing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke of treason, a capital offense: “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion,” Perry said. “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.”
Another Texan Presidential candidate long known for attacking the Fed, Republican Representative Ron Paul, said Perry’s comments make him “look moderate,” according to NBC.
“Congressman Ron Paul wasted no time here joking that ‘some Southern governor,’ (referring to his governor, Rick Perry, but not naming him), makes him look moderate,” the article read. “‘I have never once said Bernanke committed treason,’ the Texas congressman said, chuckling. That was greeted with thunderous applause from the 600 supporters awaiting him at a campaign office opening.”
Some Congressional Republicans, who have their own elections to worry about, are concerned that Perry’s comments could drive away Independent voters.
“You can’t be calling Bernanke a traitor and you can’t be questioning whether or not Barack Obama loves America, that type of thing,” said Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), according to POLITICO. “I’ve been with Perry a few times, and I can see how he could project, again, if it’s done the right way. But no, if he continues this, he’ll have a tough time.”