The 2016 Republican primary just got a lot tougher.
Trump scoffed at the idea of Perry running a successful campaign, telling the Daily Mail that the governor lacked the “energy,” “brainpower,” and “toughness” to do so. When question, Perry, not one to be out-toughened, said, “Let’s get a pull-up bar out there, and let’s see who can do the most pull-ups.”
Perry, who was governor Texas from 2000 until 2014, is known for wearing his machismo on his sleeve with hardline anti-gay and anti-abortion stances. But his apparent toughness may have gotten him in hot water, as he will run his 2016 campaign while under indictment for allegedly cutting off funding to a state ethics agency and coercion of a public servant.
Americans will find out who’s tougher during the first debate of the GOP primaries on Aug. 6, presented by CrossFit.*
*The debate has no affiliation with CrossFit.