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CNBC Host Rips Rick Perry, Says His Remarks on Gays Are Offensive: VIDEO

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CNBC Squawk Box host Joe Kernan ripped Texas Governor Rick Perry for his remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in a segment that aired Monday morning.

Said Kernan:

"In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and i don't -- I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment. I don't think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar."

Perry tried to turn the argument to his feeling that states should have rights to legislate as they please, but Kernan wasn't allowing him to get away:

“But in terms of changing the behavior of someone...you wouldn’t think that someone who’s heterosexual, that you couldn’t change them into a homosexual, or someone who is homosexual, you don’t think that there should be therapy to try to change them into a heterosexual?”

When Perry tries to argue that it's an issue that should be left "to the psychologists and the doctors," Kernan replies:

"The psychologists they've already weighed in. they've dismissed the idea that sexual orientation is a mental disorder and they've told their mental health professionals to avoid telling clients that you can change your sexual orientation..."

Finally, Kernan says:

"It just seems like the Republican Party is going to be forever behind the curve on this issue.”

Perry adds:

"I don't necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don't condemn it either. We're all children of God...The fact is that people will decide where they want to live if Washington will respect the 10th amendment and I think that will make America substantially happier and allow people to decide how they want to live and under what rules and regulations."

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  1. i saw this live and it was great for joe kernen, he is one of my favorite on this network, he could have gone after him for the bad dye jobs on his head

    Posted by: capetom | Jun 16, 2014 11:05:16 AM


  2. Keep talkin', Perry, keep talkin'. The more you talk, the more people see how stupid you are, and the less viable your candidacy becomes. There aren't glasses nerdy enough to make you look intelligent. Everyone now understands why you wouldn't (couldn't) debate during your goobernatorial erection campoon. What an embarrassment you are to Texas. The morons who voted for you deserve what you've done to them. Sadly, so many other people do not.

    Posted by: Oops. | Jun 16, 2014 11:14:40 AM


  3. Will someone please challenge the term "lifestyle choice?" The Christian taliban continue to drop this cannard about it being a choice in lifestyle, It is inherent -not like choosing what to wear, eat, and where to live.
    As for re-educating the stupid- Mr. Perry is beyond being edujumucated.

    Posted by: Nick | Jun 16, 2014 11:15:15 AM


  4. I would like to never hear the word "lifestyle" again, unless it is followed by a detailed definition. People like Perry throw it around, but what do they mean? I'd have loved to see the interviewer ask him, "what do you mean by 'lifestyle?'" just to watch him squirm.

    I'm not a newspaper classified section heading from the days when you couldn't say "gay" in print. And we could do well to have our own drop the word from our vocabulary too.

    Posted by: Jamie in Las Vegas | Jun 16, 2014 11:17:01 AM


  5. At the end he basically comes out for segregation. As a Texan, I'm not shocked at all by this. Whenever people start talking about "State's Rights" it seems what they're really talking about is the right to exclude people and keep them out.

    Posted by: GJP | Jun 16, 2014 11:25:53 AM


  6. Rick Perry - "These glasses will make people think I'm smart!"

    That's all I got from Rick.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jun 16, 2014 11:29:24 AM


  7. Just so we're clear, you don't need to be an alcoholic to suffer a whole host of problems, like domestic violence and DWIs. Alcohol is, by far, the most destructive drug humans use and abuse on the planet.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 16, 2014 11:32:55 AM


  8. The so-called "10th Amendment" does not give the states the right to ignore the US Constitution. These clowns like to pretend that the country is a lose collection of 50 independent countries.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 16, 2014 11:34:46 AM


  9. Perry is SUCH a Queen!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 16, 2014 11:40:14 AM


  10. Yes, the GOP is forever going to be behind on this. Because every party, in every country around the world, that has a fiscal plan that utterly f***s over the middle and working classes needs to distract them with a Social Issue - and we gays are their best distraction.

    it's the truth. every country, every party - those with an anti-gay platform tout is because their fiscal platforms favour the wealthy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 16, 2014 11:47:22 AM


  11. Yes, the GOP is forever going to be behind on this. Because every party, in every country around the world, that has a fiscal plan that utterly f***s over the middle and working classes needs to distract them with a Social Issue - and we gays are their best distraction.

    it's the truth. every country, every party - those with an anti-gay platform tout is because their fiscal platforms favour the wealthy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 16, 2014 11:47:32 AM


  12. Hey now, he might be on to something. Anyone who remembers his drunken 2011 debate knows that if there's anything Rick's an authority on, it's being an alcoholic.

    Posted by: Kema Choinach | Jun 16, 2014 11:51:39 AM


  13. @Kema

    Certain rumors also suggest that Perry is an expert on changing one's sexual orientation

    Posted by: clayton | Jun 16, 2014 11:58:06 AM


  14. Hey Rick Perry, I agree with you that people should be able to choose how they want to live. When you say that though you don't really mean it. What you are really saying is that the majority should be able to discriminate against a disliked minority.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jun 16, 2014 12:08:14 PM


  15. That was very unfair of Joe Kernan. He was having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 16, 2014 12:25:30 PM


  16. It sounds to me like Perry just invited all the gays in Texas to move out.

    Posted by: Jacques | Jun 16, 2014 12:32:12 PM


  17. Dear Rick Perry: Religious belief is a lifestyle choice. My sexual orientation is a part of my identity.

    Posted by: Peter | Jun 16, 2014 12:34:43 PM


  18. "I don't condemn it either."

    Said the man who opposed the repeal of sodomy laws, the repeal of DADT, any and all anti-discrimination ordinances, etc.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 16, 2014 12:51:58 PM


  19. he's such a snappy dresser..

    Posted by: mymy | Jun 16, 2014 12:56:10 PM


  20. Perry needs to be careful where he treads. Didn't some rumors surface during his failed presidential bid that he likes his walks on the wild side?

    Posted by: Burt | Jun 16, 2014 1:06:18 PM


  21. If you remember, it wasn't too long ago that Perry was drinking heavily and showing up drunk at public events. Who's the alcoholic?!?!?!? What short memories people in this country have to keep voting in these morons!

    And I agree - I hate the term "lifestyle". It's a life, not a style!

    Posted by: Brad Lane | Jun 16, 2014 1:27:59 PM


  22. Mike in the Tundra - Now THAT was funny!

    Posted by: Chris Lamparello | Jun 16, 2014 1:49:36 PM


  23. He is no legal scholar. He simply doesn't like the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth
    Amendment which was invoked by most Federal judges in striking down state marriage bans.
    Probably he also wants to use the Tenth Amendment to secede from the Federation. He would have made a better case if he invokes the Ten Commandments, which by the way, are more easily tailored to fit his taste.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 16, 2014 1:58:18 PM


  24. When CNBC talking heads start making fun of GOP positions it just shows how far away from good sense the GOP has strayed.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 16, 2014 2:09:54 PM


  25. Hey, Rick,
    "ethnic[sexual orientation] cleansing" much ?

    'People will decide where they want to live', -equality states or bigoted states.........but not united states.

    You're just unAmerican Rick.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 16, 2014 2:20:47 PM


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