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ENEMIES Rove: Perry ‘Not Presidential’ Karl Rove. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Rove: Perry ‘Not Presidential’

The George W. Bush and Rick Perry camps have a long history of animosity, but Karl Rove took it to another level Tuesday, slamming Perry for calling Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s policies “almost treasonous.” Rove said Perry’s controversial remark was “not presidential.” "You don't accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason," Rove said on Fox News. "And suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas.” Critics have suggested that the Texas governor's statement implied he thought Bernanke should be put to death, because treason is a capital offense. Perry is standing by the comments. "He is passionate about getting federal finances under control," a spokesman said.

August 16, 2011 12:20 PM