Rick Perry, speaking at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon, told the crowd that he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism in a recent interview.
"When you get distracted, I'm thinking San Francisco. I got asked about issues 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 that I want to be involved with. I readily admit, I stepped right in it...If you're really going to be the party that's going to talk to everybody, and say 'listen, you may not agree with all of my positions but getting you and your family and your loved ones the opportunity to live a better life because we've created a climate in this country where you're going to have a job and a good job and a good-paying job, if we'll do that then I think we'll be successful...We are an incredibly diverse mosaic of a country."
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Perry made the comments a week ago in a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California. He has been hammered about them since from everyone from NJ Governor Chris Christie to CNBC's Joe Kernan, to Stephanie Cutter last night on Crossfire.