The latest addition to the GOP primary field, Rick Perry, has been issuing an astonishing array of memorable quotes since he announced his candidacy this weekend. †The problem is that many of these statements are outlandish at best and — well, we’ll let you fill in the blank from there. †Here’s a sample of Perry’s choicest rhetoric.
First up, Perry spoke out against Ben Bernanke at a campaign stop in Iowa. †Asked his opinion about the Federal Reserve, Perry laughed and blithely threatened Bernanke, saying that if he “prints more money between now and the election I don’t know what you’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” †He added that continuing Bernanke’s policies would be “almost treasonous.”
But it was just some light-hearted joking, right? †Well, long-time Bush aide Tony Fratto disagreed. †He tweeted: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.” †Ouch.
Perry then went on to question President Obama’s patriotism. †Asked whether Obama loved his country, Perry replied, “I dunno, you need to ask him.” He added later that servicemembers needed a president who had military experience, which Obama does not. †”The president had the opportunity to serve his country,” he remarked. †”Iím sure at some time he made the decision that isnít what he wanted to do.”
He jabbed further at Obama, telling Iowans to ask him about his record on jobs. †”I think itís fair for Iowans to ask the president tomorrow, where are the jobs that you promised, Mr. President?” Perry said. †”Heís gonna talk about jobs, but I think the only job he cares about is the one heís got.”
But it wasn’t all ragging on Obama – there was some delightfully sexist humor thrown in for good measure. †”My shirt has a few wrinkles in it,” he said, taking off his jacket at a question-and-answer session. †”It’s not my wife’s fault.” †This kind of humor may seem like grand old fun at home in Texas, but as John Dickerson points out, Perry had better dial back comments like those, “at least by the time he gets to the general election and starts going after those suburban swing-voting women.”
But you’ve got to admit, as Bill Clinton pointed out, Rick Perry is a “good looking rascal” – it’s just too bad he’s “crazy.”
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