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Former Reagan Official: 'Rick Perry's An Idiot'

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Bartlett, who also served in the Treasury Department under George H.W. Bush, hasn't been shy about criticizing the current Republican party, but he seems to think Perry's a particularly troublesome player. He also said President Obama deserves a fair share of criticism for the state of the economy -- particularly given his inattentiveness to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.

"He has had open seats on the Fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn't care very much about what the Fed does," Bartlett said.

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