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. jaydavid666

    Texans are literally the stupidest human beings on evolution's green Earth.

    June 20, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. toadstool

    Are Texan Republicans really that dumb that they elected this guy to be their governor? Wait a minute, yes they are!

    June 20, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Hillary

    Well if Perry is a backward hick, what does that make Texans that voted him in?

    June 20, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. s

    its funny how he essentially doubled down on the comment when he was asked to clarify a couple of days later. Apparently a big donor has talked some sense into the man. Its odd to say it twice, fully understanding the second time then a few days later say oops.

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

    Don't let him kid you. Rick steps in it all the time.

    June 20, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. TNPatriot

    "We're an incredibly diverse mosaic of a country," Perry continued. "A lot of these issues need to be decided at the state level."
    Leave it states like Texas and Alaska?? Those people elected Bush, Perry and Palin, they seem to have the intellect of a brown paper bag.

    June 20, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Annarchy66

    Those glasses actually make HIM look gay!

    June 20, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. gustifer53

    Governor Perry and the rest of his group of Hooligans have been stepping in it for a long time. Time for them to come out of there all white men's group meetings and join the real world. I respect the rights of all people, but when our elected politicians choose to not even accept what is law, then they should NO LONGER be our elected officials.

    June 20, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Alcohol is the excuse he used when he slept with a man-

    June 20, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I agree with this statement made earlier 1000%

    "Texans are literally the stupidest human beings on evolution's green Earth"

    June 20, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Tom Hartman

    Good for him, he's allowed to have an opinion too and not be shouted down by people who can't accept that not everyone agrees with them.

    June 20, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Dave

    Stepped in it or not, he just showed what Texans think...what a backward race the average Texan is...

    June 20, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. OrmondGeorge

    Presidential chances: OOOPSssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Dave

    I'd say more along the lines of...I laid it out right there with NO sense of shame or embarrassment...

    ...and THEN I stepped in it....

    People usually don't step in "it" on purpose like he did...

    June 20, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Bob

    Not only did he step in it, he's full of it.

    June 20, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Dave

    Texans...funny people...wanna bet in the next 10 years, Rick finally "comes out" to all his friends?

    June 20, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. jerry

    This Perry guy is dumber than dirt.

    June 20, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. RichB

    '... fumbled the ball ...'! not sure how intelligent you are!! but in other parts of US – you just stepped in a pile of s**t. What credibility you think you have, it's much less than you think. Your statement if intended to be a half baked apology, you need to stop and think before you speak. So far nothing you've said makes real sense.

    June 20, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. elizabeth

    the plural of FOCUS is FOCI and not focuses.

    June 20, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. RocketJSquirrel

    You cannot end ignorance with an apology.

    June 20, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Lifelong Texan

    You're doing yourself a disservice if you judge all Texans based on this clown. He has been an embarrassment to our great state for many years, and him stepping onto the national stage has just amplified his stupidity. He's a redneck good-ole-boy, and I wish I could explain how he's been in office so long.

    June 20, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. msyellarose

    Too late now Rick my boy, the horse is already out of the barn. I don't believe a word of this.

    June 20, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. cal

    Do not be fooled the GOP are full of bigots who are full of hate.

    June 20, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Smack Dab

    Dear Republicans: Whenever you are talking to a lefty OR the press (same thing), whenever they bring up these hot-button social issues, say "No comment" or "I don't recall" or "What difference does it make?" and all will be fine.

    June 20, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Insight

    Just imagine this guy becomes the president of this country? God help us.

    June 20, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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