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Gov. Perry fires comments and the White House fires back

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Rick Perry's red-hot rhetoric, well known in Texas, is on full display in his presidential campaign.

While visiting Iowa, the GOP presidential candidate said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be committing a "treasonous" act if he decided to "print more money to boost the economy." Perry said if Bernanke did that "we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."

White House spokesman Jay Carney says threatening the Fed chairman isn't a good idea. Carney says people running for president have to think about what they say. He spoke to reporters during the president's stop in Guttenberg on Tuesday.

Perry also said he would be a president who is "passionate about America - that's in love with America." Asked whether he was suggesting that President Barack Obama didn't love his country, Perry said: "You need to ask him."

Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs hit back, raising Perry's past comments about Texas secession and suggested he might be inclined to stoke falsehoods about the president's birthplace.

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