Rick Perry labels Washington "a seedy place"

WASHINGTON Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:32pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a ''Politics and Eggs'' breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire August 17, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a ''Politics and Eggs'' breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire August 17, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday described Washington as "a seedy place" while defending what he said was his manner of speaking plainly.

Since launching his campaign on August 13, the Texas governor has made some statements that drew criticism from the White House and some Republican opinion leaders.

"With all due respect to anybody that's out there either directly or indirectly criticizing me because I speak plainly, I call it like I see it," Perry said on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

"Look, I am not an establishment figure -- never have been and frankly I don't want to be. I dislike Washington. I think it's a seedy place," he said

The public statements that raised eyebrows in Washington did not dent support for Perry among Republican voters, according to polls released this week.

Perry, known for his strongly conservative social and fiscal political views, has taken a double-digit lead over the early favorite, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Just days after entering the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Perry caused a stir when he seemed to threaten Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke over federal spending.

"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 -- we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas," Perry said to laughter from supporters at a campaign stop in Iowa.

Perry did not back away from his comments. His campaign said the Texas governor was expressing his frustration with the U.S. economic situation and the "out of control spending" in Washington.

(Reporting by JoAnne Allen; editing by Bill Trott)

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Like thats ever going to change. Politics have been “seedy” for as long as they’ve existed. No one is going to change that.

Aug 25, 2011 10:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
vietvet67 wrote:
I suspect he would be home in Washington in that case.

Aug 25, 2011 11:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nicmart wrote:
Leave aside the bluster and clownish demeanor, and Perry will do the bidding of his establishment masters — Wall Street, the military industrial complex, the media — just as Romney or all the rest of the Republicans (except Ron Paul) would, and just as Obama does. The masters prefer that the public concentrate on superficial aspects rather than the core issues.

Aug 25, 2011 11:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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