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Perry’s Swagger on Bernanke May Raise Doubts Beyond Texas

In Texas, Governor Rick Perry could comment about secession from the United States and letting college students pack concealed weapons without attracting much attention beyond the state’s borders.

As his campaign for the White House gets under way, Perry’s talk in Iowa earlier this week of wanting a chief executive who loves America and his warning to Ben S. Bernanke that things could get “ugly” for the Federal Reserve chairman in Texas if he tries additional, “almost treasonous,” monetary stimulus gained an instant national audience. Today, campaigning in New Hampshire, Perry dismissed humankind’s effect on climate change as an unproven theory.