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That’s what the Texas governor told radio host Laura Ingraham Friday.
“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.”
Perry’s shoot from the lip style has generated headlines and brought criticism from the political establishment.
Perry now holds a double-digit lead in polls over former Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and drove Iowa straw poll winner Michele Bachmann out of public view when he announced his campaign for President and began issue verbal blasts at President Barack Obama, his GOP opponents and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Of Bernanke, Perry said: “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.”
Some saw Perry’s words as a threat to Bernanke and called on Perry to renounce his statements.