Rick Perry Calls Politico Report 'A Beltway Story'
ANKENY, Iowa -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is pushing back against a Politico story that describes deep divisions within the Perry campaign over strategy.
In the Politico story, which came out on Saturday, one senior Perry adviser went as far to say that there "has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one."
In the last two days, Perry has aggressively challenged the report, which relies on anonymous sources within Perry's campaign. "That's a Beltway story," Perry said Monday on MSNBC. "I asked somebody from Politico, name me a name, and they couldn't do it."
That somebody was Mike Allen, Politico's chief White House correspondent, who asked Perry in a Sunday interview about campaign infighting.
"I don't know who you're talking to," Perry responded.
"These are members of your staff," Allen shot back.
"You got a name? You got a name? You got a name?" Perry asked. "If you don't have a name to tell me this individual said this, then I don't take that as a corroborating source."
WATCH (via Politico):
Perry told MSNBC's Chuck Todd Monday that he's "not convinced [the Politico report is] a true story," given the reliance on anonymous sources.
"Everywhere I go, my team's working well and we've got a great volunteer effort here," Perry said. "And it's working fine. Politico's running a story that they won't name a name. And when you won't name a name, that either tells me you're making stuff up or you're working in rumors."