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‘SNL’ takes on Rick Perry’s viral speech

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When an edited video of an unusually animated speech Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave last month in New Hampshire went viral on YouTube, the smart money said “Saturday Night Live” would have a field day with it. Well, the smart money was right.

During Perry’s Oct. 28 speech at Cornerstone Action’s Fundraising Dinner and Awards Gala in Manchester, N.H., the governor appeared much looser than in other recent campaign appearances, waving his arms and making frequent jokes. The governor’s playful demeanor caused many on the Web and in the media to speculate that he was possibly intoxicated during the speech — a charge Perry and his supporters adamantly deny.

Still, those denials didn’t stop SNL’s Bill Hader from appearing on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment as Perry and offering his take on what happened in New Hampshire. Watch it here.

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