Skip to comments.Report: Rick Perry used painkillers to help him get through debates
Posted on 04/02/2012 1:11:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was under the influence of painkillers during televised presidential debates over the last year to help relieve severe back pain, according to a soon-to-be released eBook on the 2012 Republican race for president obtained by The Daily Caller.
It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates, write the authors of Inside the Circus.
A source provided TheDC with an advance copy of the eBook, authored by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas. The book comes out Tuesday.
The authors imply that the painkillers may have led to a humorous incident before an October debate in New Hampshire when the manager of a rival campaign overheard Perry belting out the song Ive Been Working on the Railroad while in the bathroom.
Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas, the book states. Perry came down the row of about twenty urinals and stood companionably close by.
Allen and Thomas continue: Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: I-I-Ive been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day . . .
Perrys weak debate performances are an enduring memory of his short run for president.
He admitted to the Des Moines Register that his back problems he had surgery in July hindered his debate performances.
I think part of the reason you have seen a somewhat different candidate on the debates is my health, and (Im) both physically and mentally just back in the game, he said in December. You have fusion on your back, and it takes you a while to get back on your game.
Rumors of Perry using painkillers on the campaign trail have been reported before. After after a lively and much-lampooned speech at the Cornerstone Action Dinner in Manchester, N.H. in November, he was forced to deny having been on medication.
Governor Perry had a legitimate reason to be on pain killers and should've sidestepped the debates while under their influence. It's a shame. His poor debates sank his candidacy and, as such, the most qualified applicant for the job was forced to throw in the towel.
He should have said, “I’ll debate when I’m better” and then waited until he was better and then joined the remaining debates.
I know all the little girls in the media and on stage would have screamed and cried and gotten their panties all in a bunch, but so what.
He should have just ignored them and waited until he was better and then joined the remaining debates.
The fact is, he was the only one who was ever going to dismantle big pieces of the Washington Bureaucracy and shame on us for not seeing that.
As nobody is electrified by Mitt and whispers of the possibility (however remote) of a brokered convention hangs over the GOP while others whisper about potential VP names it seems to me certain candidates might benefit now by rejuvenating their own reputation a bit. Perry is one. Not saying the news of this isn’t so, just that the timing of it coming out is good for Perry.
“shame on us for not seeing that.”
True enough. What we got instead on FR was several semi-tractor trailer loads of ignorant and malicious blather about Perry. Now it looks as if we are going to have an Obama with white skin as our nominee. Great job GOP primary voters!
Dammit, perry should have asked for a stool for crying out loud....
I was a Perry guy. Call me crazy (and some on FR did, among worse things), but I thought it tremendously good experience for Perry to have been a multi-term Lt.Gov. and then Gov. of the state with the best pro-growth, pro-jobs record in the USA.
I had my quibbles with Perry, and he hurt himself badly — unrelated to the back issue — with his “haven’t got a heart” comment. But the best of a blah lot, I thought.
And now we crown Mitt queen.
I absolutely believe he would have done so. I still think he was the right man for the job. Wish he would "unsuspend" his campaign : )
He’s not a very good debater in the first place, but this might explain why he at least did quite a bit better at some times and much worse at other times.
He was under the influence. His campaign advisors should've stepped in. That's what they're paid for.
Shoulda coulda woulda.... Oh well. Yay Romney! < /s>
Don’t worry Rick. I needed painkillers to get through the debates too. Prolly more of them than you needed.
Painkillers? That explains a lot!
Who with a brain without a hatred for Perry could not see it at the time.
Too bad - stuck with Romney now.
Perry came across as a mental midget in the first few debates and despite that I have come to like the guy though I think he must have been taking the oxy when he pushed the Gardasil thing. But I also came across as a mental midget with little control of my emotions or words when I was doing the oxy thing because I blew my back out a couple of years ago. Basically the pain was intolerable without the drugs. And this from a guy who was told by a cardiologist after 8 hours on that table that I had a dangerously high tolerance for pain.
the debates were pretty painful to watch ... I could have used something myself
I have had such back pain and pain medications that I identify with Gov. Perry entirely.
I'm sure I said, and maybe sang, a few weird things, too. I know I was so out of it that when a nurse tried to help me turn in the bed, I slapped her with all my might because it hurt so much, despite a pain med drip.
But, hummingbirds don't usually get so riled; of course I apologized later.
She said: “Don't worry; happens all the time.”
From then on, we were best buddies!
So, singing “I've been working on the Railroad” seems pretty tame, but it was not a good time for him to debate. The pain, in spite of meds, can be horrifying.
I had to take pain meds just to watch the debates.
“Dont worry Rick. I needed painkillers to get through the debates too. Prolly more of them than you needed.”
“For the most part, I like Perry, but let’s face it...the decision to debate while on pain killers itself speaks to his judgment. “
I don’t hold it against him. He had courage and determination.
Even painkillers wouldn’t help RINOmney.
Even painkillers wouldn’t make RINOmney acceptable to me... even assuming I took enough to lose touch with reality.
Not a good decision to do that.
If only there was some way to return Rick Perry to the contest......
The fact is, Rick Perry is a status quo politician who tells conservatives anything to get votes but never dismantled big pieces of the Austin Bureaucracy, and sure wasn't going to do it on the federal level. Shame on you for not seeing that.
Wasn’t JFK hopped up on painkillers when he debated Nixon?
I can’t say for sure, dfw, that one was a bit before my time.
I do agree with those who said it was painful to watch Perry debate, which is a shame, because I really wanted to support him before he ran off the rails and then the whole don’t have a heart thing.
I will always believe he was the most qualified candidate, by far. If it hadn’t been for those early debates, I don’t think we would be looking at Willard Romney as our likely nominee. Early on, when Perry was in the middle of his bad performances, I would get SO nervous beforehand, just waiting for the screw-up. But by the time he dropped out, he had recovered and was doing wonderfully well.
Perry Aide Dismisses Painkiller Accusation As “An Anonymous Untruth”
“semi-tractor trailer loads of ignorant and malicious blather”
“semi-tractor trailer loads of ignorant and malicious blather”
They’re right here on this thread, taking shots at Perry with Mitt as their looming nominee.
Only reason for the Democrat Media Complex to start shrieking again is that Palin and Perry are going to do something big again soon.
“For the most part, I like Perry, but let’s face it...the decision to debate while on pain killers itself speaks to his judgment.”
I’m with you. The last time we had a drugged up president was 1961 (Kennedy) and this country would have been MUCH better off without him.
I thought painkillers might have been a contributing factor to Perry's poor debate performance and mentioned it to my husband at the time.
He might have underestimated the effect they would have on his performance.