Rick Perry Faces A Tough Road To 2016. His Comparison Of Homosexuality To Alcoholism Shows Why.

By all accounts, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is seriously weighing another run for president in 2016. But his remarks at a San Francisco forum Wednesday underscored one of his main challenges: sticking to the script.

In an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California, Perry likened homosexuality to alcoholism. His remarks received national attention Thursday and were panned by gay rights activists. The events raised questions about  whether Perry's apparent attempts to soften his image and convince donors and power brokers he can run a viable campaign against stiff competition after falling flat in 2012 can work.

"Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. "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."

Added Republican strategist Ford O'Connell, "When you go out and make comments like that, mega-donors and key activists and voters are shaking their heads."

Perry is set to step down at the end of this term as the longest-serving governor in Texas history. Over the past year, he has been traveling the country to promote Texas's economic climate and try to poach businesses from other states.

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