The Republican who is weighing another presidential campaign
in 2016 after a gaff-prone first attempt in 2012, did not
actually apologized for the remarks, but instead told a lunch
hosted by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper on Thursday he
should have stuck to a message of inclusion and jobs.
"I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, 'You know
what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country, to
everybody, and get back to talking about - whether you're gay or
straight - you need to be having a job and those are the focuses
I want to be involved with,' instead ... I readily admit, I
stepped right in it," Perry said, according to a video recording
of the event.
Perry was asked at an appearance in San Francisco at the
Commonwealth Club of California on June 11 whether he believes
homosexuality was a disorder, according to local media reports.
"I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an
alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that," Perry said in
remarks broadcast on the CBS affiliate. "And I look at the
homosexual issue in the same way."
A few people in the audience gasped in response, according to
the CBS report, and the comments drew broader criticism across
the United States eve though in his 2008 book, "On My Honor,"
Perry made a similar comparison.
It's not the first time Perry has employed a variation on the
"stepping in it" phrase, which often relates to placing boots in
In what was perhaps the biggest gaffe of the 2012 election
campaign, Perry lost his train of thought during a televised
candidate debate and could not recall which government
departments he wanted to eliminate if he became president.
"I'm glad I had my boots on tonight. I stepped in it out there,"
Perry told reporters afterward.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle Editing by Jeremy
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