U.S. Jewish leaders: Republican candidate Rick Perry’s Bernanke outburst not anti-Semitic

American Jewish leaders are expressing concern over declarations by Republican presidential candidates that emphasize the candidates’ Christian faith and their devotion to religious values. Jewish leaders firmly reject suggestions, however, that an attack by candidate Rick Perry, the Texas governor, on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke during a campaign speech in Iowa earlier this week was anti-Semitic in nature. Bernanke is Jewish.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what you would do with him,” Perry reportedly said. “We would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous – in my opinion.”

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