June 20th, 2014
09:53 AM ET
4 months ago

Texas governor: I stepped in it

(CNN) – Gov. Rick Perry admitted he fumbled the ball when he recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

"I stepped right in it," the Texas Republican said Thursday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, which also aired on C-SPAN.

The potential presidential candidate, who was unsuccessful in his 2012 White House bid, didn't necessarily distance himself from the comments or apologize, but said he'd rather be talking about other issues.

"We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody...Whether you're gay or straight, you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses that I want to be involved with," he said.

"We're an incredibly diverse mosaic of a country," Perry continued. "A lot of these issues need to be decided at the state level."

Christie: Perry is 'wrong' on homosexuality-alcoholism comparison

The day before, on Wednesday, Perry stood by the comments on CNN's "Crossfire" when he was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.

"I think my position has been fairly clear on that for a substantial period of time," Perry said, pivoting quickly to the economy.

The focus should be on American jobs, Perry said, "and that is not on these social issues."

"I think the social issues should be decided state-by-state rather than being something in Washington, D.C. to try to make one-size-fits-all."

At a speech last week in San Francisco, the longtime Republican governor – who ran for the White House in 2012 and is considering another bid in 2016 – was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder.

"I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that – and I look at the homosexual issue the same way," Perry said during that event, immediately sparking backlash from Democrats and gay rights organizations.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Rick Perry has his gaydar glasses on as well.

    June 20, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Tom

    "Oops" again.

    June 20, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. smith1

    good lord the whole republican party has stepped in it. These clowns put together don't have the brain of a nat on any issues facing the American people.

    June 20, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. twisted truth

    Sounds like someone made the connection, this ain't Texas sport, we're not all homophobic. If your serious about a run gotta watch what you say, what gets you elected in Texas will get you shunned in other areas, the north east for example, the good Democratic governor is learning this too.

    June 20, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. carlos

    With this one, he may have stepped out of it.

    June 20, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Chris-E...al

    People just need to get a thicker skin and face the facts ? This nation is falling behind due to dems immoral beliefs and lack of good judgement on most things .Will this group realize what they have done and promoted ? Yes they will one day yes they will .

    June 20, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. twisted truth

    Aahhh, the joys of being a Republican running for office. He was just following the gop viewpoint of, you should just will your gay away, isn't that the bachman clinical way. I'm wondering if she knows how crazy she is?

    June 20, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Again I pose the question....

    Why all the outrage about what was said about Cantor but nothing about Dianne Feinstein? What he called her was 100x worse! But talking about that wouldn't feed the narrative would it?? Nah. It's like the IRS crap. Huge headlines everyday about the IRS targeting the poor put upon wealthy conservatives and one lousy line at the very end of the story about them targeting liberal groups too.

    If this is what passes as journalism these days we're in big trouble....😒😒😒

    June 20, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    ""We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody...Whether you're gay or straight, you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses that I want to be involved with," he said"

    So as soon as you go through reparative therapy and 'become straight' you get to have Constitutional rights like us 'normal' people.
    What a tool?
    Can anybody imagine the response had Barney Frank introduced a Bill to have reparative therapy for hetorsexuals so they would 'become gay'?

    And Texans elected this guy.....

    June 20, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. salty dog

    Stepped in it? Dude, you live in it, and love it. He need remember, a good gop never says their sorry, sign of weakness.

    June 20, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. cumulus

    A real GOP would have the media apologizing already, hack!

    June 20, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    What's new Slick Rick? You always step in it.

    June 20, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. with a grain of salt

    Don't you mean your sorry the evil Democrats had the media attack you? Come on Ricky, your the victim here, jeezers, I thought you were a real gop.

    June 20, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. salty dog

    Christie would have the media on their knees, with full apologies, and throwing gifts at his feet.

    June 20, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    The reds would be calling for this guys head if he was a dem, as clearly evidenced by the message thread attached to the Brian Schweitzer article.

    June 20, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Well Gov,
    At least you didn't say you would cut the deficit in half at the end of your first term! And you didn't say, If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, period. You didn't say, there are shovel ready jobs out there. But if telling falsehoods are in style you are in line to be president! After all, Harry Truman was no prize, and he became president!

    June 20, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. salty dog

    You are it.

    June 20, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Silence DoGood

    "I think the social issues should be decided state-by-state rather than being something in Washington, D.C. to try to make one-size-fits-all."
    -----------–
    So why did religious conservatives push for a FEDERAL Defense of Marriage Act?

    June 20, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. salty dog

    Saying what's going through his mind, will require an apology most of the time.

    June 20, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "I think the social issues should be decided state-by-state rather than being something in Washington, D.C. to try to make one-size-fits-all."
    ------------------------–
    Civil rights and liberty is not a social issue, at least not until you decide to deny them to another individual through discriminatory legislation. That's when is becomes your own personal social issue, and everyone else's problem.

    June 20, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. okfine

    No Rick, you deposited it, stepped in it, and then turned around and walked through it again.
    Oooops.

    June 20, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Well Gov,
    At least you didn't say you would cut the deficit in half at the end of your first term!
    ------------------------------
    When then Sen. Obama made that statement, that was before the Great Recession had been officially declared as having begun [it was later deemed to have started Dec. 2007],and the projected annual deficit for FY2007-2008 was around $600 billion. Getting rid of the Bush Tax Cuts would have fixed that real fast, and then some.

    June 20, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. jte777

    Perry did not step in "it", his whole attitude is "it".

    June 20, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Marla

    Many of us in Texas can hardly wait to get rid of this clown. He's been in office much too long and he has no clue about the real world.

    June 20, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I stepped in it"
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Naw.
    You STAY in it Rick.

    June 20, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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