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August 16, 2011

After Campaign Announcement, Perry Faces Texas-Sized Scrutiny

Published August 16, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to be making no apologies for a comment on the 2012 campaign trail in which he suggested Texans might want to rough up Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if he tries to tackle the economic slump by printing more money.

“The governor was expressing his frustration with the current economic situation and the out of control spending that persists in Washington,” Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner told Fox News on Tuesday. “Most Americans would agree that spending more money is not the answer to the economic issues facing the country.”

Aug. 15: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.

The low-key delivery of the remark, captured on camera Monday, the same day Perry filed his candidacy papers, earned laughs from the audience in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“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,” Perry said. “I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost … treasonous in my opinion.”

But the video quickly made its way around the blogosphere and drew swift criticism, including from corners of expected support. Tony Fratto, former spokesman for President George W. Bush, said on his Twitter account that the comments were “inappropriate and unpresidential.”

Ex-Bush adviser and Fox News analyst Karl Rove echoed the complaint, calling Perry’s remarks “very unfortunate.”

The reaction is just a taste of the scrutiny Perry is going to face and demonstrates the perils of being in the public eye 24-7. As the longest-serving governor in the country, Perry has a record to run on. But he also has a record to be picked apart.

To defend it, Perry will need to summon the folksy eloquence that got him this far. But outside of Texas, his speech-ifying could be a double-edged sword. Though an instant frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary, Perry faces the challenge of sounding more than a bit like George W. Bush, the other Texas governor who ran — successfully — for president, but left office with low approval ratings.

Perry told Fox News on Monday that he’s no carbon copy of Bush. “I tell people, I say, one of the quickest ways you can tell the difference is, you know, he’s a Yale graduate, I’m a Texas A&M graduate.”

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