Texas Gov. Rick Perry said his wife misspoke when she told a journalist that abortion is a woman’s right.
Perry, 63, a Republican who opposes abortion, told reporters in Smithville, N.J., that his views haven’t changed. He characterized the words used by his wife, Anita, 61, as “probably a choice that she was looking for.”
“From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it,” Perry told reporters at a campaign event for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, a 57- year-old Republican from Bogota, N.J. Lonegan faces Democrat Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, in the Oct. 16 special election to fill the seat left open after the June death of Senator Frank Lautenberg.
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Anita Perry’s remarks came Sept. 28 during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas in Austin, according to the Tribune.
“That could be a woman’s right, just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure,” Perry was quoted as telling Evan Smith, the editor-in-chief.
Texas is the largest and most populous among the 13 states that ban abortion beyond 20 weeks. In June, state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, filibustered for 11 hours to prevent a vote on that ban. It passed during a special session convened by Perry, who signed the bill July 18.
Perry failed in his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and his decision not to seek another term as governor has led to speculation that he’ll run for president again in 2016.
He told reporters Tuesday that he is traveling around the country “talking about blue-state versus red-state policies and which one of those work best for the people of their states and for the people of this country.”
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