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Report: Rick Perry used painkillers to help him get through debates
Daily Caller ^ | 04/02/2012 | Alex Pappas

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 “I’ve 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-I’ve been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day . . .”

Perry’s 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 (I’m) 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.


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To: SeekAndFind

Not a good decision to do that.


21 posted on 04/02/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

If only there was some way to return Rick Perry to the contest......


22 posted on 04/02/2012 2:41:33 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: samtheman
<< 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. <<

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.

23 posted on 04/02/2012 2:48:10 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: chris37

Wasn’t JFK hopped up on painkillers when he debated Nixon?


24 posted on 04/02/2012 2:48:25 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


25 posted on 04/02/2012 3:08:19 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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26 posted on 04/02/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Drew68

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.

So regrettable.


27 posted on 04/02/2012 4:42:59 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry Aide Dismisses Painkiller Accusation As “An Anonymous Untruth”

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/02/perry-aide-calls-painkiller-accusation-an-anonymous-untruth/#ixzz1qv7mT6t6


28 posted on 04/02/2012 5:01:09 PM PDT by baysider
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To: achilles2000

“semi-tractor trailer loads of ignorant and malicious blather”

Exactly right.


29 posted on 04/02/2012 5:04:02 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: achilles2000

“semi-tractor trailer loads of ignorant and malicious blather”

Exactly right.


30 posted on 04/02/2012 5:05:09 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

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.


31 posted on 04/02/2012 5:17:59 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“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.


32 posted on 04/02/2012 5:41:49 PM PDT by BobL
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To: GraceG
I remember during the Clinton impeachment Chief Justice Rehnquist's concealing himself behind a curtain because he had such a bad back he had to lie down.

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.

33 posted on 04/03/2012 7:40:30 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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