Rick Perry Breaks With Ted Cruz, Calls Federal Shutdown ‘Nonsensical’

Sep 25, 2013 1:50pm

UPDATED In an interview with ABC News last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the idea of shutting down the government if Obamacare is not defunded “nonsensical” — staking out a position in stark contrast to fellow Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who concluded a more than 21-hour protest speech over that very issue on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it’s a good option,” Perry told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny when asked whether shuttering the federal government if a resolution to keep the government funded did not also defund President Obama’s signature health care reform law.

But in the interview, for the Yahoo! News “Power Players” video series which was conducted last Thursday before Cruz’s long speech but after the Texas senator had already signaled his willingness to shut down the government over his opposition to funding Obamacare, Perry declined to say whether Cruz was wrong.

“Well, I’m not going to say he’s wrong,” said Perry, who could be a potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I hope they’re working to try to find the solutions to fixing this and working with both sides of the aisle. We do it every day in states, whether it’s Maryland or whether it’s Texas to find solutions to these problems. One thing about governors, they have to perform, they have to deliver, we have timelines, and Washington, they talk a lot.”

Tuesday night, as Cruz was talking, Perry tweeted words of encouragement to the Texas senator.

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