Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit back Thursday at criticism from fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, going after the real estate billionaire for his previous support of a single-payer health care system.
Though Trump was not present at the 5 p.m. ET debate, Fox News moderator Martha MacCallum noted that Trump "seems to be getting the better" of Perry in the polls.
"Well, when you look at the celebrity of Donald Trump, I think that says a lot about it. I'd like to remind people that it was back in 2007, Rudy Giuliani was leading the polls for almost a year. I'll suggest a part of that was his celebrity. Fred Thompson was the other one, a man who spent a lot of time on that screen," he said.
[sharequote align="right"]"How can you run for the Republican nomination and be for single-payer health care?"[/sharequote]
The former Texas governor then offered up a question to Trump.
"How can you run for the Republican nomination and be for single-payer health care?" he asked. "And I ask that with all due respect."
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina also hit Trump when asked the same question.
"Well I don't know. I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race. Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn't. Maybe it's because I didn't give money to the foundation, or donate to his wife's Senate campaign," she said.
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