Perry: ObamaCare defunding effort ‘a bit nonsensical’

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 Cruz, 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 Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — joined Cruz on the Senate floor Tuesday to support his effort. 

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton 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.