June 20th, 2014
09:53 AM ET
7 years 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. Anonymous

    Oy. Oh well, everyone is free to have their own opinion. It's Friday – might as well have a chuckle.

    June 20, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. jls1950

    He "stepped in it" when he allowed the State of Texas to murder Cameron Todd Willingham. Everything since has just been tracking around the blood in various alternate forms.

    June 20, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. rsimcox

    It's probably more of a genetic defect. Every 2-3% of humans get this defect whether they want it or not... it's just the way it is. We shouldn't treat each other any differently because of it. We don't deny rights to those born with webbed toes or six fingers. They may fall out of the norm but we're all in this together as a species.

    June 20, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    Governor Perry stated today that "therapy can heal black people and make them white".

    His comments were immediately applauded by the conservative Republicans, as they think they'll get more votes that way.
    Ha – perfect – thanks.

    June 20, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Terrie

    One can only hope he runs for President and gets the nomination.
    Civil rights decided by the states...ok, sure, why not.
    What an ass.

    June 20, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Kings on the back row......

    ..He walks like a Dubya, attempts to talk like a Dubya, same state as a Dubya, looks like a Dubya, and doesn't think (another Dubya trait).....HEY, THIS IS DUBYA................AGAIN !!

    June 20, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. ZJ

    So hes telling us that he accidentally shared his true beliefs.

    June 20, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |

    Rick is in the closet.Typical Republican.

    June 20, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. someone

    Give a man enough rope. and he'll hang himself.

    June 20, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Let's prosecute W

    To all those nay-sayers: we had W for eight years, no? Never say never.Maybe we should let Texas cecede.

    June 20, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. jacknyd

    It is a crying shame that people can;t speak what they believe without some liberal finding fault with it. So he made a mistake, HE was man enough to admit it and not run from it. Big deal. Get over it and move on. We have crimes Occurring around us everyday, we have people out of work, and economy in ruins and a president who Lies. Can you people not think of something more constructive to say? and yet not ONE of you in here are successful in politics, yes think you know all about it.Try walking in Perry's shoe before making such dumb comments.

    June 20, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Carmella Calderone

    He is still too dumb for words~

    June 20, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Carmella Calderone

    He is still a couple of cards shy of a full deck

    June 20, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. mg

    Perry steps in stupid a lot, daily.

    June 20, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Doghaus

    When did he ever step out of it ?!!

    June 20, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Larry38363

    You can't step in what you are!

    June 20, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Bill

    Rick Perry seems to 'step in it' quite a bit. It just goes to show, you can put lipstick on a pig...or in this case, glasses on an imbecile.

    June 20, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. eli

    If we would have left rights to certain states, we all know that women and African Americans would not have rights still in those states.

    June 20, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Steve

    "These issues need to be decided at the state level." What a tool.

    June 20, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. whatnow

    He didn't just step in it, his is "it". I live in Texas and this guy just keeps us embarrassed and on the verge of moving everyday. If it weren't for all the really great people here, we would have left a few years ago. Can't wait until he moves on.

    June 20, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. HughJorgan69

    He didn't "step" in it, he is IT!

    June 20, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Richard

    If this nitwit becomes potus I'm leaving the country.

    June 20, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. James

    I would not have dodged that bullet. Let the sticks fall where they may. It's time to take a stand. You are either for or against God's word. Time for a cleansing in America otherwise USA will become the United Sodomy of Ametica.

    June 20, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. SirQL8

    For someone who aspires to the Oval Office, Gov. Perry has done surprisingly little to prepare, much less endear, himself for the POTUS position. I don't think I, a conservative Texan, would vote for him. Matter of fact, if Obama ran again, I would probly vote for him. Green-lighting OBL was the highlight of his presidency, and in my humble opinion, of the USA in the modern era. Any president who takes the fight to the enemy like he has done is alright in my book.

    June 20, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Richard

    I really think America is becoming way to soft skinned. First I do not like Rick Perry never have, however, he just stated anything you have or do is a genetic coding in your genetic make up. How people came to the conclusion he said Gays and Alcoholics are the same is reading real hard into his comment.

    Grow up people and quit looking for a reason to cry. He has his opinion and he stated it. If you don't like it don't listen.

    My opinion

    June 20, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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