BEDFORD, N.H. — On his first stop as a presidential candidate in the state that holds the nation’s earliest presidential primary, Rick Perry responded to White House criticism of the Texas governor’s assertion that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s actions border on treason.
“You know yesterday, the president said I needed to watch what I say,” Perry said. “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.”
When a member of the audience asked Perry a question about the Federal Reserve, Perry began his answer by saying: “I got in trouble talking about the Federal Reserve yesterday. I got lectured about that yesterday.”
"When you're president or you're running for president you have to think about what you're saying because your words have greater impact,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said of Perry’s remark that if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke were to print more money between now and the election it would be “almost treasonous.”
Carney added, “President Obama and we take the independence of the Federal Reserve very seriously and certainly think threatening the Fed chairman is probably not a good idea."
President Obama has not weighed in specifically on Perry's comment about the Fed, but he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview on Tuesday that he would let slide recent remarks in which Perry said that Americans would prefer a president with military experience.
“I think that everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn't like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress," Obama said, "and you've got to be a little more careful about what you say."
Perry addressed the White House criticism Wednesday morning at “Politics and Eggs” breakfast here to an audience of the state’s political leaders.
At the outset of a two-day campaign swing in New Hampshire, the Texas governor also challenged those (he referred to “some people on the left”) who seek to “dismiss” his record of job creation in Texas as "just luck."
"Mr. President," Perry said, "Americas crisis is not bad luck, it's bad policies from Washington, DC.”