Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday questioned whether Gov. Chris Christie could win over Republicans outside New Jersey, as the Garden State leader tries to promote his brand to a wider audience.
“Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country?” Perry asked during an interview on ABC's “This Week.” “We'll have that discussion at the appropriate time.”
Perry, whose own presidential bid floundered in 2012, didn't rule out a run in 2016.
“Second chances are what America has always been about,” Perry said, reflecting on a series of high-profile gaffes that doomed his presidential candidacy.
“It’s one of those things that happened,” Perry added of his infamous inability during a debate to name three federal agencies he would eliminate as president. “You make as well, you know, poke a little fun at it.”
Perry was seen by some as one of the few Republicans who could bridge the gap between establishment Republicans and the Tea Party faction of the party. And the Texas governor on Sunday questioned the strategy of shutting down the government, saying it took attention away from the problem-ridden rollout of Obamacare.
“It would have been wiser for us to have laid the wood to the president, so to speak,” Perry said on the ABC program. “You know, call him out on this.”
Perry also said President Obama did not apologize clearly enough for his broken promise that all Americans could keep their health plans if they liked them under Obamacare.
“I don’t think that’s even close to enough,” Perry said. “He needs to stand up in front of the American people and say, 'You know what? I perpetuated a fraud on you.' ”