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A Perry Shot At Romney?


Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Election Night.(Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

DALLAS -- What does Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) think of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) health care plan? Not much, apparently.

Attending a Republican National Committee meeting here on Tuesday, reporters asked Perry how he felt about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) lambasting Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget proposal as "right-wing social engineering." Perry wouldn't take a shot at Gingrich, but it sure sounded like he took one at Romney.

"I'll have to let Newt kind of work his way off that cliff. The fact is, I'm a big believer that if you want to put a plan like ObamaCare into your state, that's your business. If you believe that, then that's your business," Perry said.

Perry then set about answering the question the way Gingrich may wish he'd have answered on Sunday's Meet the Press: "What I truly believe Newt believes in is pushing that back and letting the states make those decisions and not having it micro-managed from Washington D.C. That, from my perspective, is the real answer to this. ObamaCare needs to be done away with," Perry said.

If he meant it as a shot at Romney's health care plan, it wouldn't be the first time. In November, Perry told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that backing away from Commonwealth Care would help Romney's presidential chances. "I think it's a problem to go -- if he were to stand up and say 'You know what, this was a program that didn't work, and I wish I hadn't tried it' -- I think that would help him substantially," Perry said back in November.

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