Remember the "unusually expressive" speech (as per HuffPo) that Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave on Friday night? You know -- the one that had some critics questioning whether the GOP presidential candidate was inebriated?
Following reports in the media and throughout the blogosphere about his appearance at Cornerstone Action’s Annual Fundraising Dinner, Perry, appearing totally unfazed, is defending himself.
On Tuesday, he dismissed questions that have surrounded his speech performance that evening, saying, "I would always tell people to go back and ask Dan Balz." Here, Perry was referencing a column over the weekend in which Balz, a reporter for the Washington Post, described Perry as "extremely animated" and "playful" during his talk.
"This was a great crowd, good response, and I guess you can do anything you want with a video and make it look any way you want, but it felt good, felt great," Perry explained. "I felt the message got across very well."
Below, watch him make these comments:
And here's the original video that sparked the controversy:
While this story did, initially, generate publicity, it was eclipsed by 2012 GOP hopeful Herman Cain and his sexual harassment controversy.
(H/T: National Journal)