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Rick Perry Calls Washington 'A Seedy Place' In Interview (AUDIO)

Rick Perry Interview

First Posted: 08/26/11 11:28 AM ET Updated: 10/26/11 06:12 AM ET

During an interview on the Laura Ingraham radio show on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry characterized the nation's capital as a "seedy place."

"Look, I am not an establishment figure, never have been and frankly I don't want to be," said the Texas governor. "I dislike Washington."

Former president Bill Clinton recently jabbed Perry over his posture toward the country's capital city.

“He’s saying ‘Oh, I’m going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible -- while I ride on Air Force One and that Marine One helicopter and go to Camp David and travel around the world and have a good time,'" he said while speaking at a fire fighter’s conference in the Big Apple, according to the New York Observer. "I mean, this is crazy."

Since announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Perry has captured headlines with questionable remarks he's made on the trail. The Republican contender drew criticism from both sides of the aisle when he suggested it would be "almost treasonous" for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to print more money to boost the economy. While speaking in the Hawkeye State he said, "I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."

After sparking controversy with the remarks, Perry stood by his choice of words. During a stop in New Hampshire, he said, however, "I got in trouble talking about the Federal Reserve" and added, "I got lectured about that."

On Thursday Perry said, "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."

Below, audio of what the Texas governor had to say on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

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