A spirited and giggling Gov. Rick Perry showed up to deliver a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Friday and the video has quickly gone viral.
The speech, which lasted approximately 23 minutes, features Perry speaking giddily about the New Hampshire slogan, "Live Free or Die," and his tax plan while at times rambling and appearing to stifle giggles. When a host of the event gave Perry some New Hampshire maple syrup, calling it "liquid gold," Perry could no longer contain his amusement.
An edited version that's 8 minutes and 23 seconds long and focuses on some of the speech's odder moments has been viewed over 150,000 times in less than a day.
Based on different videos of the speech online, the audience appeared to eat up Perry's one-liners. Perry drew repeated laughs as he cracked far more jokes than he's traditionally delieverd in stump speeches in the past. At the end of the speech, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
While some are questioning whether Perry was drunk or drugged during the performance, others are more focused on the political ramifications, with the speech drawing comparisons to Howard Dean's infamous "scream."
In response to the speech, Perry spokesman Mark Miner told the Huffington Post, "The Governor is passionate about the issues he talks about."
Here's the edited version of the video drawing the most attention:
To view the entire speech, click here.