“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 said, 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.” 

Asked if the next president will be a senator, Perry said, “No.” 

The Texas government, including Perry, recently came under scrutiny for its handling of an Ebola patient who traveled from Africa and spread the disease to two U.S. health workers. The the state health department cleared 177 people under watch for Ebola exposure. Looking back, Perry cites “bad information” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the cause for why two American nurses who were treating Thomas Eric Duncan ended up infected.