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March 6th, 2014
02:42 PM ET

Web exclusive: Gov. Rick Perry reacts to Sen. Ted Cruz' fiery CPAC remarks

Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry

(CNN) – Governor Rick Perry reacted to fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz' fiery remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cruz again slammed establishment Republicans.

"And of course all of us remember President Dole. And President McCain. And President Romney. Now, look, those are good men. They're decent men. But when you don't stand and draw a clear a distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate," Cruz said Thursday.

Cruz says he votes for principle, but others say compromise is necessary to be a leader. Where does Perry come down on this debate?

"The more interesting question is do you want people in Washington, D.C. ... to consolidate power in Washington, D.C.? And frankly this is a Democrat and Republican dilemma," Perry said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"What I'm going to be looking for in the people that want to go to Congress, the people that want to be United States Senators, the person that will want to be the President of the United States, is someone who will stand up and stay, 'You know what? We do trust governors and legislators to be the best deciders of how to deliver health care, to how to take care of the people in their state when it comes to education policies,'" said Perry.

"When I start seeing that and hearing that in Washington, D.C., then I will truly believe that there are folks who respect the Constitution of the United States, not just in rhetoric but also in actions," said Perry.

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