Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – During a town hall here this morning sponsored by the website CafeMom, Rick Perry reacted to GOP rival Jon Huntsman's decision to suspend his presidential campaign and endorse Mitt Romney.
"Well I was hoping that I'd get the Huntsman girls [endorsement]," the Texas governor joked, referencing Huntsman's daughters who had been actively campaigning for their father on various social media websites. "We love the Huntsman girls. Our kids get along well and Mary Kaye [Huntsman] and Anita are best friends. Jon's a dear friend too."
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Perry's comments came almost at the same exact time as Huntsman was making his announcement elsewhere in Myrtle Beach. He went on to compare the presidential primary process to an "intramural scrimmage," because he'd been forced to compete against someone whom he considers to be a good friend.
"We've had a wonderful time getting to know the candidates," Perry said. "Some of them we really didn't know very well, but the Huntsman's we've known for a long time. So they will continue to be great and good friends."
Although the town hall aired live on C-SPAN, Perry's comments about his former rival came in response to the first question from Republican pollster Frank Luntz and co-host Lindsay Ferrier, and while the two moderators believed that they were on the air, the broadcast hadn't officially started.
"That was just practice," Perry joked.
Once the broadcast began, Ferrier skipped over her question about Huntsman, opting instead for a more general question about Perry's chances in South Carolina.