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. ggcc

    Americans can relate to morons like him. Not so much with geniuses like the Clintons and Obama

    June 20, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. steve-0

    Perry stepped in it and now he wants to step all over us!

    June 20, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. True Texan

    For all of you Texans with negative comments and thinking about moving out of the state. Do the rest of us native Texans a favor and leave. We don't need your kind here. I hear N.Y. is looking for people of your caliber.

    June 20, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Larry L

    @Weebles Wobble

    Isnt Rick Perry dating Rick Santorum ?
    I hear they plan a wedding. They've rented a very large closet for the reception!

    June 20, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. warthog6

    "We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody."

    Seriously? Is this seriously coming out of the same mouth that passed a law requiring doctors to compulsorily rape their patients with an ultrasound wand before authorizing incest rape victims to abort?

    If he's wants to get away with saying that, and have anyone take him for sincere, he needs to do it with an ultrasound wand inside him against his will.

    June 20, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Dick46

    Dumb and dumber all in the same person.

    June 20, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. warthog6

    "We need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody."

    He needs to say that with an ultrasound wand inside him against his will.

    June 20, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. fibsernum

    Why be bothered by stepping in it, when you are already full of it?

    June 20, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. VEW2012

    Talk about standing behind a door when brains were being distributed...Perry is a prime example. FYI – Ricky as the song goes. "They were born that way".

    June 20, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. rosethornne

    Oh sure, "really respectful and tolerant", because comparing someone's choice of beloveds to alcoholism is so very very respectful and tolerant.

    And pssssst, gov: those glasses DO NOT make you resemble someone of even average intelligence, much less sufficient intelligence to run anything important. The dumbness just shines through.

    June 20, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. sisterchef

    Philosophical quandary how can you step in it if you are it?:

    June 20, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. dave hylton

    And people wanted to elect this genius as President? Texas deserves him!

    June 20, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. kim

    still an ididot

    June 20, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. anthony78

    Not Presidential material.
    Not Governor material.
    Not Community Leader material either...

    June 20, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Anarchy Bunker

    RIck Perry was just trying to explain away how he got caught during a frat party in college smoking a pole.
    True story bro!

    June 20, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Arick

    This guy will never be president. Why? 1. He is an idiot. 2. He says really stupid things. 3. Ooops I forgot....

    June 20, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. arthurcl

    Perry would be a terrible president. Flip Flopping on every issue and making terrible statements about humanity. Really? He must have the genetics to be an alcoholic!

    June 20, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. cynthia hicks

    No Rick... the words you are looking for are " I'm full of it!"

    June 20, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Timothy

    I did not know Sarah Palin had a brother that lived in Texas and he is the governor.

    June 20, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. charles

    Gov Rick is the most consistent political moron on the planet. And for the other moron calling himself True Texan – ARGO!

    June 20, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Big_D

    They are both probably struggles he thinks he can deal with on his own. Being GOP makes it too embarrassing to admit who he is to himself.

    June 20, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. barb'sbarb

    Gov. Good Hair Perry - opens mouth and inserts both feet!

    June 20, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Corey

    Perry is an idiot of the same mold as the ditz Palin. Opinions on social issues matter....

    June 20, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. oksunny

    The problem with that comparison is that, as an alcoholic, you are hurting yourself and probably others. Being gay won’t hurt anyone.

    June 20, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. oksunny

    Texas is so horrible and full of small-minded, hateful people. I wish they WOULD leave the US

    June 20, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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