Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted businessman Herman Cain’s tax plan as “a big tax increase,” in an interview on Friday morning.

HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Businessman Herman Cain shake hands after the presidential debate sponsored by The Washington Post and Bloomberg at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, October 11, 2011. (Toni Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Cain, who has surged ahead of challengers Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in some polls, is touting a proposal that would include a nine percent sales tax, a nine percent tax on individuals and a nine percent levy on businesses. Independent analyses suggest it would reduce taxes on some Americans but drastically increase them for others.

Asked about his own dip in the polls, Perry sidestepped the question.

“Herman Cain is one of the most interesting people sitting on that stage. That’s for sure,” Perry said. “But I think when people look at what he’s talking about, when people look at his tax plan, when people try to make a decision about who do you really want running America, [it is] somebody that really knows how to create jobs, not somebody that’s got a catchy slogan.”

The interview was one of a series for the Texas governor on Friday morning. He touted his new energy plan, which seeks to expand domestic energy production largely by increasing oil drilling.

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