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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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: debates; rickperry

1 posted on 04/02/2012 1:11:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Perry’s weak debate performances are an enduring memory of his short run for president.

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.

2 posted on 04/02/2012 1:18:46 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


3 posted on 04/02/2012 1:22:06 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 04/02/2012 1:26:15 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: samtheman

“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!


5 posted on 04/02/2012 1:29:05 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind

Dammit, perry should have asked for a stool for crying out loud....


6 posted on 04/02/2012 1:31:28 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Drew68
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.
7 posted on 04/02/2012 1:36:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 1:40:20 PM PDT by pogo101
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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

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 : )

9 posted on 04/02/2012 1:45:42 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.


10 posted on 04/02/2012 1:46:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I like Perry, but let's face it...the decision to debate while on pain killers itself speaks to his judgment.

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>

11 posted on 04/02/2012 1:48:49 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t worry Rick. I needed painkillers to get through the debates too. Prolly more of them than you needed.


12 posted on 04/02/2012 1:49:00 PM PDT by crosshairs (Some ideas are so stupid, only intellectuals believe them. --- George Orwell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Painkillers? That explains a lot!


13 posted on 04/02/2012 1:49:04 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: All

Well, DUHHHH!!

Who with a brain without a hatred for Perry could not see it at the time.

Too bad - stuck with Romney now.


14 posted on 04/02/2012 1:49:45 PM PDT by Texas Deb
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


15 posted on 04/02/2012 1:54:36 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: SeekAndFind
Report: Rick Perry used painkillers to help him get through debates

the debates were pretty painful to watch ... I could have used something myself

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16 posted on 04/02/2012 2:06:56 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: samtheman
“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 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.

17 posted on 04/02/2012 2:18:12 PM PDT by hummingbird
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To: SeekAndFind

I had to take pain meds just to watch the debates.


18 posted on 04/02/2012 2:20:04 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: crosshairs

“Don’t worry Rick. I needed painkillers to get through the debates too. Prolly more of them than you needed.”

No kidding!


19 posted on 04/02/2012 2:22:18 PM PDT by hummingbird
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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 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.


20 posted on 04/02/2012 2:31:33 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldnÂ’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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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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