Rick Perry Doesn't Think A Senator Will Be The Next President

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) took a shot at some of his potential GOP competitors for 2016, saying he doesn't think the party would best be served by choosing a senator to be its presidential nominee.

"If you're in the Senate or if you're in the House, you can give a speech and then go home. Governors can't. We have to govern," Perry told Breitbart, adding, "And the president of the United States, historically, has had to operate that way, too; the ones that were successful. And one of the reasons why this President is not successful is because he's never had that experience."

To underscore his point, when asked whether the next president will be a senator, Perry replied, "No."

Perry is widely seen to be considering his own run for president, so his comments aren't completely unbiased. Senators like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida are also seen as possible candidates.

But not surprisingly, other governors who are considering a run for president agree with Perry's assessment.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that governors would make for better presidents than members of Congress, citing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as an exception.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made similar remarks at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in October.

In July, Perry went after Paul more directly, criticizing the senator's foreign policy views in a Washington Post op-ed. Perry called the senator's reaction to mobilization threats made by the Islamic State as "curiously blind" and warned that Paul's brand of isolationism "would compound the threat of terrorism even further."


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