Rick Perry delivered a speech last week in New Hampshire — highlights video here — that created a lot of speculation about whether he was, well, perhaps the worse for drink. (I appear to be in the minority in thinking that he was showing off his ability to connect with people — although he did get a standing ovation after the speech from the audience, so apparently they were enthused. And from what I’ve seen, Perry is no Herman Cain: standing ovations are no sure thing.)
Anyway, Kevin Smith, the director of the group that hosted the event Perry spoke at, told The Hill Perry wasn’t drunk during the speech. ”I can tell you unequivocally he wasn’t drinking at the event and he hadn’t been drinking prior to the event. I was sitting with him, and I found him to be very engaging with all of the people he was talking with, he was very articulate,” Smith said.