(CNN) - Criticism from fellow Republicans didn't stop Rick Perry from coming down hard on rival Mitt Romney Wednesday for his tenure at the private investment firm Bain Capital.
Speaking to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Perry said detractors from his own party were missing the point about his line of attack.
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"What I'm talking about is leadership," Perry said on CNN's "John King, USA."
"And leadership is about creating jobs, not destroying jobs. And that's what I've done as the governor of the state of Texas, is that we have put processes and policies and programs in place, tax, regulatory wise, that create an environment where the job creators actually have the opportunity to create jobs, not to destroy jobs."
Perry has taken heat from fellow conservatives for his heightened assault on Romney's time as CEO of Bain Capital, likening the firm to "vultures" who took over companies and laid off workers. His critics say that is an anti-capitalist message more appropriate for liberal Democrats.
Asked by King about a Wall Street Journal editorial that said the anti-Bain argument was more suited to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, Perry insisted his argument meshed with a conservative platform.
"Well, I disagree with their characterization that, number one, that somehow or another we're not just telling the truth," Perry said. "And the fact is, the Obama administration will use this. And we do need to get it out now and talk about it. But it doesn't sound like Michael Moore."
Perry said he was committed to campaigning through South Carolina's primary on January 21.
"I'm sure there's some, you know, supernatural occurrence that could occur," Perry said. "But I can't think of anything in the natural world that would cause me to drop out of the race."