Rick Perry denies that he was on medication during NH speech

By David Ferguson
Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:07 EDT
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Footage of a seemingly loopy Governor Rick Perry addressing a conservative group in New Hampshire has prompted some viewers to question whether the Texas governor was drunk or possibly high on pain pills. (Perry had vertebral fusion surgery earlier this year.) Talking Points Memo quotes the governor (via the San Francisco Chronicle) as saying that he was just being himself.

When asked if he was taking any kind of medication that night, Perry says, “No. I was just giving a speech.”

The speech was so out of synch with his campaign’s portrayal of Perry as a rough, tough, plain-spoken Texan that some pundits, like Rachel Maddow and Joe Scarborough, speculate that it means the end of Perry’s career in politics. Perry’s popularity among Republican voters spiked briefly when he entered the race, but he has trailed in recent polls.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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