American historian Bruce Bartlett, who worked as an aide to President Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official for President George H.W. Bush, doesn’t have a lot of respect for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s intellect.

“Rick Perry said the Fed is treasonous,” CNN’s Christine Romans told Bartlett Friday during an interview about the economy.

“Rick Perry is an idiot and I don’t think anybody would disagree with that,” Bartlett replied.

Watch this video from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Aug. 19, 2011.

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