Rick Perry’s odd and slightly giddy campaign speech may be the butt of this week’s late night jokes, but the Texas Governor doesn’t get what’s so funny.”It was a great crowd,” Perry told ABC News today. “I guess you can do anything you want with a video and make it look the way you want, but I felt good, felt great. I think the message got across very well, so it was a good speech.”
To be sure, Perry’s speech, delivered in New Hampshire on Sunday, does show a lighter — if slightly wild-eyed — side of the candidate that has rarely been seen, and indicates that the rebooted Perry team is rolling out a new phase in their struggling campaign.
Perry has returned to the retail politics he does best this week, rolling out the Texas charm for a four-day swing through Iowa. Gladhanding diner-goers in Des Moines Tuesday, Perry promised voters he is “very energized, very focused,” on his campaign message.
Still, the Perry 2.0 rollout hasn’t been entirely smooth, leaving lingering doubts about whether the candidate will ever be ready for primetime. At a New Hampshire event on Friday, Perry paraphrased a forwarded email from “Jeremy,” a 38-year-old Occupy Toronto protester complaining about how hard bankers work. Unfortunately for Perry (and other conservative pundits who made the same mistake), “Jeremy” isn’t real, but a satirical character made up by a Canadian columnist.
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