GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy weighed in on the 2012 race, at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's Update Forum.
"I will tell you who I think it's going to come down to, and that's Perry and Romney."
He also chided Romney for a fairly inscrutable move.
McCarthy said he wonders who told wealthy former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now was a good time to nearly quadruple the size of his family's beach house in La Jolla.
Romney would benefit from being more in touch with everyday people, McCarthy said.
"He needs to stop staying in hotels and start staying with volunteers at every campaign stop," the House majority whip said. "His job should be to take out the trash every day, and if that bag breaks, he needs to clean it up."