Perry on 2016: We've tried 'young, inexperienced' senators
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Former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) on Thursday argued that the GOP’s crop of 2016 presidential candidates lacks the political seasoning needed for the Oval Office. 

The Republican criticized his party’s three official presidential candidates during an address in Nashua, N.H., according to CNN, comparing their lack of experience to that of President Obama when the then-freshman Illinois senator took office. 


He added that although he admires Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (Texas), none of them possess the experience the presidency requires.

“Do you want to take a chance on someone who doesn’t have an executive track record of being an executive?” Perry asked reporters after a lunch at the Nashua Country Club.

“When you walk off the Senate floor, you walk off the Senate floor,” he said of the GOP’s current field.

“You don’t walk away when you’re governor,” Perry, a likely 2016 candidate himself, added. “You have to deal with things.”

Perry claimed voters had already gambled on a “young, inexperienced senator” by electing Obama in 2008. He said that Obama’s tenure since then showed the flaws of presidential style over substance.

“If you’re flying from Boston to London, you want to be flying with somebody who gives a heck of a good presentation on aerodynamics and why the airplane stays in the air, that has you on the edge of your seat with excitement because they’re such a great speaker ... but they got 150 hours of flying time?” Perry asked.

“Or do you want to be with that grizzled, old, 20,000-hour captain who’s taken that airplane back and forth thousands of times safely?” he continued.

Perry, 65, said his 14 years in office gave him a maturity the GOP’s official 2016 contenders lacked. The former Texas governor is still deciding whether or not he will compete against the much-younger Rubio (43), Cruz (44) and Paul (52) next election cycle. 

“That record is, I think, incomparable with anyone standing on stage with me,” Perry said of his gubernatorial tenure.

Perry is weighing another presidential bid after stumbling and falling short in 2012.