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Perry dismisses criticism of announcement timing

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rick Perry dismissed criticism that he stepped on the Ames Straw Poll with his Saturday announcement that he was running for president.

"Well, we offered to come," he said, "and it just didn't work out. I'm going to do my best to make up to anybody in Iowa who's got their nose out of joint or feels like we kinda stepped on the show. My perspective is, it looked to me like the front page of every newspaper, the lede story on all the news, was what was going on in Iowa, as it should be. And, anyway, we're going to come work, share with people our vision to get America working again."

Perry has been a sharp critic of the president, but he demurred when asked if the president should cancel his vaction. "That's his call," he said.

He held the Tea Party line, however, when talking about the debt ceiling, saying it shouldn't be done.

And for those looking for a little Perry vs. Romney fodder, the ever-ebullient Perry, per Politico, blew Romney a kiss and said, "Give him my love."