BEDFORD, N.H. — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas sounded like a sheepish schoolboy at the Granite State’s Politics & Eggs breakfast on Wednesday morning, when he told a bipartisan crowd of 200 that he’d gotten a real talking to the day before.
“I got in trouble talking about the Federal Reserve yesterday,” Mr. Perry said, to laughter, referring to his sharply criticized comments Tuesday suggesting that the actions of Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, were potentially treasonous. “I got lectured about that yesterday.”
But, Mr. Perry continued, the Federal Reserve “should open their books up.”
“They should be transparent, so the people of the United States know what they’re doing, how they’re doing it,” Mr. Perry said. “And frankly I think the mistrust that is there today, if they would simply open up and be transparent with the American people, I think it would go a long way towards either finding out whether or not there is some activities that are improper or that they’ve been handling themselves quite well.”
He added: “But until they do that, there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States.”
Mr. Perry also used his 45-minutes at the podium to address the White House spokesman Jay Carney’s admonishment Tuesday that presidential candidates should be careful with their words.
“You know yesterday the president said I needed to watch what I say,” Mr. Perry said. “I’d just like 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.”
It was a refrain Mr. Perry echoed again and again throughout the morning, repeating a half-dozen odd times that “we need to get America working again.”
But in addition to offering his message about jobs and the economy, Mr. Perry also fielded questions on everything from the debt-ceiling compromise (he would not have signed it, had he been president) to climate change.
Saying that the cost of carrying out anticarbon programs would be “billions if not trillions of dollars,” Mr. Perry acknowledged that “yes, our climate has changed,” but said he was skeptical that global warming was the cause.
“I don’t think from my perspective that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question,” he said.
That answer did not sit well with Jim Rubens, 61, a Republican activist and high-tech investor from Etna, N.H., and the man who posed the question.
“He’s a very impressive candidate, but he was factually wrong on the earth’s climate getting warmer,” Mr. Rubens said. “You have to deal with technology and science as it is, and for him to say that the National Academy of Sciences is wrong and to say that the earth is getting cooler calls into question the entire scientific discovery process.”
Still, Mr. Rubens added, “it’s factually false — but he’s a great candidate.”