The potential presidential candidate said there is still time for lawmakers to fix ObamaCare, and encouraged members to work across the aisle. 

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“I don’t think it is a good option … The idea that you have to defund government over one program is a bit nonsensical,” Perry said in an interview with “The Fine Print.” 

Perry avoided direct criticism of fellow Texan Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE, the GOP senator who launched a marathon speech against ObamaCare's funding that entered its 21st hour on Wednesday. 

“I’m not going to say he is wrong,” Perry said. “I hope that they are working to try to find the solutions to fixing this and working with both sides of the aisle.”

Perry, who says another run in 2016 is an option, said the country would be better served by a president who has experience as a governor. 

“Listen, I totally respect the United States Senate and the House or Representatives and what they do, but I think Washington has become too Washington centric,” he said.

Perry is the latest potential GOP presidential candidate to come out against the effort that has opened a fissure within the party. 

Last week, Jeb Bush said the GOP could use “a little dose of reality” by acknowledging that ObamaCare could not be defunded while Democrats controlled the Senate and presidency. He said it could become “quite dicey” politically for the party. 

Other possible GOP contenders in 2016 — including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) — joined Cruz on the Senate floor Tuesday to support his effort. 

On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE took time Tuesday to say Democrats could benefit from a shutdown because Republicans would inevitably be blamed. She hearkened back to similar results when the government shut down in the 1990s.