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 CruzTed CruzColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes 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 RubioColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Rubio: I hope I can trust whoever wins with the nuclear codes Rubio faces Trump-like challenger in primary MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) — joined Cruz on the Senate floor Tuesday to support his effort. 

On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton makes surprise appearance at NYC pride parade Sanders points to disconnect between 'mainstream media' and public Vulnerable Republican seeks edge on homeland security 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. 


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