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Texas governor Rick Perry wants to be known for saying outlandish things. Trying to rival Rep. Michele Bachmann, Perry is quickly earning his title. However, when trying to be a serious contender in the populated Republican field for president, I am not sure the “shock” approach will work.
We don’t have to be shocked that Perry wants to lynch the Federal Reserve Chairman. There are enough of his actual policy ideas to be shocked about.
In the past, Perry has made such colorful remarks as considering that the BP oil spill could have just as likely been an “act of God” instead of corporate error. He discussed secession as an option for Texas. Even though the Civil War was 150 years ago, that is still kind of a sore point. And since launching his presidential bid, Perry has not toned down his Texan rhetoric.
His most recent gaffe was suggesting that if Fed chairman Ben Bernanke prints more money, it is a “treasonous” act and suggested he would be treated “pretty ugly” back in Texas.
Perry has brought back that whole “does Obama love America” thing that was pretty quiet after Obama ordered the killing of bin Laden. Perry suggested that the military does not respect Obama and would have more respect for Perry as commander-in-chief because he served in the military.
Obama was asked about Perry’s comments recently on CNN. “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 Senate or running for Congress,” Obama said. “You’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say.”
Perry said he would be a president who was “passionate about America — that’s in love with America” earlier in the week. He was then asked if he was suggesting that Obama didn’t love America. Perry responded, “You need to ask him.”
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs hit back Tuesday. “The statements that Perry makes are remarkable in that just two years ago, the governor of Texas openly talked about leading Texas out of the United States of America, and now this campaign has caused him to profess his love to the United States,” Gibbs said during an appearance on MSNBC.