Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) took a shot at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) Monday, telling reporters that the healthcare plan he championed as Bay State governor could hurt his expected presidential bid in 2012.
Asked Monday about the field of prospective presidential contenders on the Republican side, Perry said his party's voters are expecting "a committed fiscal conservative," according to the New York Times.
The Republican governor, whose name has also been floated as a potential 2012 contender, said the healthcare plan Romney guided through the state legislature in Massachusetts, "is too much like the health care plan that was passed in Washington.”
Perry, who is slated to appear on "The Daily Show" Monday as part of a media tour promoting his newly released book, denied that he's interested in a presidential run in 2012.
In an interview that aired Sunday on "60 Minutes," President Obama also brought up the Romney plan, using it as a shot across the bow of the man most expect to contend for the GOP nomination in two years.
"We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn't that different from bills that had previously been introduced by Republicans, including the Republican governor of Massachusetts who's now running for president, that, you know, we would be able to find some common ground there," the president said in the interview. "And we just couldn’t."