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Rick Perry, the Texas governor who entered the presidential race last weekend, has already started to make some strange remarks. The most obvious front runner has not stopped making stump speeches since entering the race. Unfortunately for Perry’s handlers, he likes to stray from his talking points.
During a stop in New Hampshire, Perry brought up border issues, stating that drones should be used in border patrol. “Why not be flying those missions and using that real-time information to help our law enforcement?” He added, “Because if we will commit to that, I will suggest to you that we will be able to drive the drug cartels away from that border.”
Last year, Perry repeated his predator drone talk and also talked about deploying U.S. troops into Mexico to fight Mexican drug cartels. “I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have including the military,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “I think we have the same situation as we had in Colombia. Obviously, Mexico has to approve any type of assistance that we can give them.”
On Monday, Perry stated that it would be “treasonous” if Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke prints more money before the election. Perry stated during a speech in Iowa that if Bernanke “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.” Perry went on to say that if Bernanke printed more money, the act would be “almost treasonous in my opinion.”
He went on to say, “We’ve already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The President of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost the last three years, and it has gone tragically wrong and we need to send him a clear message in November of 2012 that new leadership is coming.”
Despite the immediate criticism via Twitter of Perry’s comments, he is refusing to back down. NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini tweeted of Perry’s comments: “Perry’s Remarks on Bernanke are criminal. This Texan thug is making murder threats on the Fed Chairman.”
Tony Fratto, who served as Deputy Press Secretary to former President George W. Bush, also criticized Perry’s comments. Fratto tweeted: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.”