Sorry just isn’t good enough, according to Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas), as the former GOP presidential primary candidate joined Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and others in criticizing President Barack Obama following his apology to those who have lost their insurance due to Obamacare.
Perry appeared in a pre-taped interview on ABC‘s This Week, shot while the Governor was visiting supporters in Iowa, a possible sign of 2016 intentions.
“I don’t think that’s even close to enough,” he told Jeff Zeleny. “I think he needs to stand up in front of the American people and say, ‘You know what, I perpetrated a fraud on you.'”
Perry came out on Oct. 1 – the opening day of Obamacare – to call the implementation of such a law a “criminal act.” The governor, in his third term, also rejected the law’s Medicaid expansion in the Lone Star State.
The Governor said he didn’t mind listening to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) give a marathon speech on the Senate floor about the failures of Obamacare. But Perry added that it would have been wiser to just let the POTUS own the issue.
Perry has already said he will not be running in next year’s gubernatorial race. Popular state Senator Wendy Davis filed papers on Saturday, announcing her bid as a Democratic candidate. In an attempt to focus on the future and governing things on a national scale, Perry is instead focused on preparing for a potential run in 2016, telling Zeleny it was not “too early” to think about the next presidential election.
And Perry isn’t worried about his awkwardly forgetful moment in a GOP primary debate during the 2012 election cycle.
“I think second chances are what America has always been about,” he told Zeleny.