Texas Governor Rick Perry raised a few eyebrows this Sunday in an appearance on ABC, where he seemed to take a veiled shot at Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the Tea Party in general.
Speaking with ABC’s Jeff Zelany on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Perry seemed to stress the need for the Tea Party to moderate itself in order to win more elections.
“If you can’t win elections, you can’t govern,” Perry said referring to the Tea Party. “That we didn’t win in ’08 and ’12 — we’re paying a huge price in this country.”
But the most interesting aspect of the interview was Perry’s criticism of Ted Cruz, whose “filibuster” debacle in regards to Obamacare has cost the GOP dearly in recent polls.
“I certainly enjoyed the twenty-one hours of [Cruz] standing up and pointing out the foibles of Obamacare,” Perry said. “It would have been wiser for us to lay the wood to the president for being able to call him out on this, let it become an issue of, ‘Mr. President, you own this.’”
Finally, Perry saved a jab for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the much-ballyhooed talk of his possible run for president in 2016:
“He was a successful governor in New Jersey,” Perry said of Christie. “Now, does that transition to the country? We’ll see in the later years and months to come.”
“Is that code for ‘He’s a moderate?’” Zeleny asked.
“Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country?” Perry shot back. “I’m just saying — we’ll have that discussion at the appropriate time.”
Watch the segment in the video below: