Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest

PHOTO: Donald Trump, left, attends the 2015 Hanks Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links Ferry Point, July 6, 2015, in New York City. Rick Perry gives a foreign policy address at the Citadel military college, April 6, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.PlayGetty Images
WATCH Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump To A Pull-Up Contest

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest today in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate —- or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

"Let's get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story on the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was "trying so hard."

"But it's not about trying," he said, according to the story. "It's about energy, it's about brainpower, it's about toughness."

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry "should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump's camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.