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Perry backs off on remarks about gays, questions Cruz's legacy [Backs off of Social Issues]
Houston Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2014 9:51pm | Kevin Diaz, Cesar Escalante

Posted on 06/20/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

WASHINGTON - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sounding increasingly like a 2016 presidential prospect, said Thursday that he's given up on cowboy boots and regrets stepping into a divisive debate about homosexuality, warning Republicans not to be "deflected" by polarizing social issues.

The comments came a week after Perry came under criticism around the nation for remarks he made in San Francisco suggesting that homosexuals could be treated through therapy, much like alcoholics.

"I readily admit," Perry said, "I stepped right in it."

Perry's mea culpa at a luncheon for Washington journalists came as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, another Texan eyeing a White House run, addressed an enthusiastic crowd of religious conservatives at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference organized by Christian activist Ralph Reed.

At the luncheon, which was sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Perry also was called upon to dissect his own turn in the national spotlight, notably his lackluster performance in the 2012 presidential debates, including the "oops" moment when he could not remember the name of the third federal agency he would have eliminated as president.

"I'm glad I ran in 2012, as frustrating, as painful and as humbling as that experience was," Perry said. "Being prepared both physically and mentally is very important. Having run for the governorship of Texas three times, and been three times elected additionally … as a statewide elected official does not prepare you to run for the presidency of the United States."

He vowed that if he runs again in 2016, "I will be better prepared."

Part of that preparation, he said, involves working on the back pain and medications that plagued him two years ago. Besides surgery and a different exercise regimen, Perry said that for the sake of better body core balance, "I stopped wearing cowboy boots."

Cruz's religious themes

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: perry; rickperry

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

 

"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan

 

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

 

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

 


1 posted on 06/20/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

If Perry runs in 2016 he will be there to hurt a real conservative candidate and split the vote, make attacks on them etc.


2 posted on 06/20/2014 8:03:09 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: SoConPubbie

3 posted on 06/20/2014 8:03:12 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Nextrush

That’s crap. He didn’t do that in 2012. Why would you think that would happen in ‘16?


4 posted on 06/20/2014 8:05:03 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Nextrush

Perry is not the real deal. I agree he will do far more harm than good to conservatism if he runs.


5 posted on 06/20/2014 8:05:22 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Responsibility2nd; Nextrush
That’s crap. He didn’t do that in 2012. Why would you think that would happen in ‘16?

Because he is a complete and utter fraud when it comes to border issues.
6 posted on 06/20/2014 8:06:43 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I predict Perry will SINK HIMSELF.


7 posted on 06/20/2014 8:14:25 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: SoConPubbie

Fine. Perry can join Romney and “Jeb” in my list of never vote fors.


8 posted on 06/20/2014 8:14:35 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Rick Perry, sounding...like a 2016 presidential prospect, said...that he's given up on cowboy boots...

Well, there you have it...the progressive dimbulbrats will flock to vote for him, now.

I wonder if he prefers mesquite BBQ or hickory?

9 posted on 06/20/2014 8:15:04 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Oh good, we have the next Mitt Romney.
Freegards
LEX


10 posted on 06/20/2014 8:15:18 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Nextrush

I doubt Perry could win in Texas. We’ve been sick of this recycled Democrat for years. Wearing glasses hasn’t made him any smarter.


11 posted on 06/20/2014 8:18:38 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Responsibility2nd
That’s crap. He didn’t do that in 2012. Why would you think that would happen in ‘16?

In the article, he disses a true conservative and walks back his statement on gays. It does not matter what he did in 2012. He's doing it in 2014.

12 posted on 06/20/2014 8:22:13 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: OldSmaj
I wonder if he prefers mesquite BBQ or hickory?

La Raza Rick is a BIG fan of The Salt Lick BBQ, in Driftwood, TX. There, they barbeque meat by searing it and then slow cooking it over coals.

13 posted on 06/20/2014 8:23:33 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: SoConPubbie

This guy is the world’s greatest example of the Peter Principle. He is fine exactly where he is. Running as a GOP pres candidate, he would be a land mine and he has proven so.


14 posted on 06/20/2014 8:23:43 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Perry will be different this time aound. I have heard him interviewed lately and he is quite sharp.

Texas is littered with pols who underestimated him. Let’s see what happens.

If he is elected there won’t be anymore anti-2nd amendment stuff coming out of the government.


15 posted on 06/20/2014 8:41:35 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: SoConPubbie

Governor Perry: ever notice the left NEVER backs off controversial social issues? Has the Governor taken a look lately where years of ‘backing off’ has got us?

We the People are looking for a few good men. Men who stand up for God and country. All others need not apply.


16 posted on 06/20/2014 8:47:59 AM PDT by Paulie
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To: SoConPubbie

Perry backs off. Cruz doesn’t NOT back off.
That’s the difference that counts.


17 posted on 06/20/2014 9:14:05 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: buffaloguy; Responsibility2nd
If he is elected there won’t be anymore anti-2nd amendment stuff coming out of the government.

And if he is elected, you'll have Amnesty soon afterward.
18 posted on 06/20/2014 9:16:23 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Nextrush

Who do you have in mind? All I’ve heard, are senators who
think they want to be president. I’ve not seen one really
good businessman/woman step forward. I’d like someone
who has not drunk the swamp water in dc, or a professional
politician.


19 posted on 06/20/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Jane Long

Salt Lick makes a fantastic habenero chicken. Slow cooking
barbeque is Texan. It’s the only way we do it.


20 posted on 06/20/2014 11:20:55 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: tillacum

Clearly we need someone who wants to balance the budget quickly and stop the constant debt ceiling increases.

I’m looking and listening. Rand Paul has said he wanted to balance in five years. I don’t think that’s fast enough.


21 posted on 06/20/2014 11:54:22 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: SoConPubbie

Perry’s a moron.


22 posted on 06/21/2014 8:49:38 AM PDT by samtheman
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