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VIDEO: Rick Perry Was On A Religious 'High'

Former NH campaign manager defends Rick Perry's bizarre NH Cornerstone Speech he made in October.

Rick Perry may be out of the race, but his former campaign manager is still defending the candidate's eyebrow-raising speech he made in New Hampshire last year.

Many accused Perry of being drunk or on drugs during a speech he made to conservative group Cornerstone Action last October. (Watch highlights here).

He denied being under the influence during the speech.

Former New Hampshire campaign manager Kerry Marsh explained his actions at a panel hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Marsh said that Perry had just met with a small group of evangelical leaders and left on a religious "high" after speaking and praying with them.

"That is his core; he holds God really close to him," she said.

She said that what viewers saw in the video was the "true Rick Perry" and that he was having a "very good time."

This story was one of the many inside tidbits shared at the "How They Manage: A Campaign Manager's Perspective of the 2012 NH Primary" held at the college Wednesday night.

MJ February 23, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Maybe Perry's "religious high" demeanor would be great...if Perry were running to be my minister. I'm sick of the religious litmus test for POTUS, however.
ForThePeople February 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I'm very quiet about religion until it gets forced into my life. At that point, I feel compelled to remind them that their sky fairy is one of millions that have been dreamed up over the course of humanity, they have no proof, and their delusion is not shared by everyone else. For this reason, it would be appreciated if any and all faith-based arguments would be acknowledged for what they are- faith, not fact. Furthermore, it would be awfully nice if we could progress at the human race instead of starting phony wars, phony debates, and phony arguments over faith-based opinions. I have no use for it, and neither does anyone else who doesn't share the same delusion. Christians don't want sharia law, and Muslims don't want Christian law. I don't want either one! Keep it to yourselves.
James Maynard February 23, 2012 at 06:08 AM
RICK!!!!! RICK!!!! Shut the heck up BOY! Go Home! Have a brew. Relax. You can stop making a damn fool outta yourself and Texas. Stop embarrassing ME!!!!!!!!!!! GAWD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Griff February 23, 2012 at 08:26 AM
@ForThePeople +1 Nicely said
David Riker February 23, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Rick Perry, the man who brags about executing more then 200 people in Texas, "holds God really close to him." Oh really? What absolute, filthy minded nonsense.
Rockne1865 February 23, 2012 at 09:54 AM
I have a friend that, does not understand what the separation of church & state is about she wants her sky fairy, in everybodys lives when I tell I don't believe in any gods she tells me she prays for me. There is no way to get through to these people & they scare me some of them want to bring about the end times they believe in, All these religious nuts should scare all of us! There are still people that believe that if you get sick it's gods will & any attempt to cure you is the work of the devil! 
Tom Linehan February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Ask governors from southern and western states. When they have a problem, the first person they call is not Obama, it is Rick Perry. People i know who live in neighboring states have told me that many times. Governor Jindhal has said many times that Governor Perry was far more helpful in the BP oil spill than Obama.
Yvonne February 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
If that is a religious "high", maybe religious folks should not run for office. However I it was very obvious it was a drunken or on drugs high.
Yvonne February 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
California, Oregon and Washington are western states, I am sure the last person anyone from there would call would be Rick Perry, LOL. Please state what Rick Perry did, with links to your facts, for the BP spill along with links and facts of what Obama has done.
Kai Griffin February 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Sounds like they left the jug of alter wine a little too conveniently within his grasp at that evangelical hootenanny.
Alan February 23, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Be a slow to judge. It is possible that there is something medical going on. I may not agree with a lot of what he says, but his forgetfulness and impulsive behavior may speak to something else other than substance abuse.
summer77 February 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Shut the front door!!!! do they also practice mortification of their own flesh as the Flagellants do! This is just silly as a Christian I am offended by these nuts!
Gasface49 February 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM
...Rick Perry: I think he's been eatting too many 'prairie chickens". He's 'plumb' gotten wrong on all accounts. This 'westerner' (eastern and south eastern of the Sierras & Cascades), seem unable to understand it all, and that he is stuipd. If I were him I'd eat me some 'flapjacks' and then 'vamoose'...
Sam Gilman February 26, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I would rather have a Mormon president that a Christian president.
kathie nunley February 26, 2012 at 01:37 PM
You may not be aware, but Mormons consider themselves Christian. Of course that opens an entirely new debate....
LJoel Hackbart February 28, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Of all the absurd things Rick Perry has said, I will hereby state my top three. 1] That Texas might have to secede from the union!!!!. 2] He would send troops back to Iraq!!!!. 3] This one I can't remember, "em, em , Im sorry I can't... !!!!!!!

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