Lester Tate, past president of the Georgia Bar Association, called Perry's claims about the benefits of tort reform questionable and said his statistics about new doctors in Texas have been proven false.
"He's doubling down on a lie," Tate said. "It's good Republican politics to go after lawyers."
The number of new doctors actually practicing in the state is around 12,800, according to the Texas Medical Board. And critics say the state's 20 percent population growth over that span has swelled the ranks of doctors more than the state's strict medical malpractice caps.
Perry's speech comes as the presidential candidates face an important fundraising deadline Friday in the latest quarter of the campaign cycle.
Perry was set to headline a fundraiser in Atlanta before heading to New Hampshire for a town hall style meeting with voters.
Hunt reported from Washington.
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