Asked to compliment a rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Saturday night that Ron Paul is the reason he started reading up on the Federal Reserve.

“Congressman Paul is the individual on the stage that got me most interested in a subject that I found to be quite interesting and at the root of a lot of the problems that we have, and I thank you for that,” Perry said at the debate.

Perry said he’s “really intrigued” with the Federal Reserve and he’s now “spent a substantial amount of time” reading about it.

Paul has called for ending the Fed.

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