ANAHEIM, California -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are to blame for the standoff in Washington that has led to a partial government shutdown.
The Republican, who is considering a 2016 White House run, said Friday he was stunned that the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have stood up and said we are not negotiating.
He says Obama is willing shut down the government to score political points.
Perry made his remarks to reporters at a California Republican Party convention in Anaheim.
Later, he said both parties must recognize that a long-term standoff could damage the nation's credit or lead to default.
Lawmakers in Washington appeared headed for a weekend of squabbling, as the focus shifted to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened default.