Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry exchanged words on Feb. 8 about each other that could have developed into a wild west Texas standoff.
When asked about what separated him from Cruz, Perry indirectly told the The Washington Post that Cruz has the same experience President Barack Obama had when he was elected. In his eyes, that is a bad thing.
“I think it’s one of the selling points, if you will, to the American people as they decide who is going to follow Barack Obama,” he said. “I think they’re going to make a rather radical shift away from a young, untested United States senator whose policies have really failed.”
In his response, Cruz refused to battle the longest-standing governor in Texas history.
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“Listen, I like Rick Perry. He was a good governor in the state of Texas. He’s a friend of mine,” Cruz told CNN's “State of the Union.” "People occasionally throw rocks in politics. That’s his choice. I’m going say I think he did a good and effective job as governor of our state.”
Cruz dusted off the criticism with ease. Considering Perry's legal troubles, his candidacy for president is not the strongest, and Cruz knows this. Perry is awaiting trial for charges of abusing his power while governor of Texas.
But Cruz's comments did not end with Perry. Speaking on his potential presidential run, Cruz said he is looking “very, very seriously” at running in 2016.
“I think this next election, 2016, is going to be a fundamental fork in the road,” he said. “And I believe the American people are looking for a new path. They want to get back to the free market principles and constitutional liberties that were part of the foundation of this country. And so it’s something that I’m looking at very seriously. And I’ll tell you, the support we’re seeing both on the grassroots level and also among the donors has been extraordinary, really has been encouraging.”
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Both Perry and Cruz will be speaking at an NRA event in Houston on May 3.