Perry Clarifies On Bundy’s Slavery Remarks: ‘Reprehensible’

After skipping the chance to denounce Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s slavery remarks earlier Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) office made clear later in the day that the governor found the comments “reprehensible.”

During a morning interview on CBS, Perry had said that Bundy was “a side issue” in the larger debate about government overreach, saying that he hadn’t seen Bundy’s statements. But Perry spokesman Felix Browne elaborated on the governor’s thinking later Thursday after he had read the interview.

“He hadn’t yet read them at the time at the time of the interview,” Browne told Business Insider. “He has now had a chance to read Bundy’s comments and he thinks they are reprehensible and disagrees with them in the strongest possible way.”

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