GOP’s Perry stands by his tough talk
As originally appearing in The Boston Herald

By Hillary Chabot
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BEDFORD, NH – Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his Granite State tour this morning with an assault on President Obama, refusing to back down from a verbal throwdown with Obama’s administration and slamming the prez for his lackluster jobs creation.

“Yesterday, the president said I needed to watch what I say, I just wanted to respond back if I may,” said Perry this morning at a packed “Politics and Eggs” event in the Bedford Village Inn. “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.”

Obama suggested yesterday that Perry wasn’t used to the presidential campaign trail after the tough-talking Texan suggested that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be “treasonous” if he prints more money.

This morning, the Air Force vet displayed his well-known colorful tongue, brushing off the criticisms and saying he doesn’t regret making the comment.

“I got in trouble talking about the Federal Reserve System … I got lectured about that,” Perry joked during the breakfast. When asked later if he regretted the comments, he said he didn’t.

He also took Obama to task for suggesting it was bad luck America hasn’t bounced back from the recession more quickly.

“Well, Mr. President, America’s crisis is not bad luck, it’s bad policies from Washington D.C.,” said Perry.

Perry, who landed in New Hampshire one day after a national poll put him at the top of the GOP presidential pack, took several questions from the crowd of Granite State business owners and pols, discussing his support of capital punishment and his skepticism about man-made global warming.

Andy Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Politics, said Perry appeared a little tired. Perry, who was traveling with his wife and son, largely ignored questions as he made his way out of the crowded hall, but when asked if he’s the strong silent type, he said, “strong.”

The 61-year-old Perry, who is touring New Hampshire today and tomorrow, is scheduled to appear in Nashua later this morning.

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