Rick Perry says he was just being himself when he gave a speech in New Hampshire last week that became a web sensation, and that he wasn’t under the influence.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Perry was asked about the speech, which featured a wilder-and-crazier governor than national audiences have seen. He said the talk was "pretty typical" for him.
“I've probably given 1,000 speeches,” the Texas governor told the Chronicle. “There are some that have been probably boring, some that have been animated, some that have been in between," he said.
Perry was asked about speculation that his back surgery last summer has required him to take pain medication.
"I had spine surgery on the first of July, but I ran this morning," he said, adding that he was not taking pain medication or anything else before the speech. He also addressed Jon Stewart’s suggestion it looked as if he had been drinking. “It wasn't that either," Perry said. "It's not that I wouldn't love to sit down with Jon and have a glass of wine — if he’ll buy.”