Politex Blog: Is Perry's viral video a Howard Dean 'scream' moment?

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 gives Perry some New Hampshire maple syrup, calling it "liquid gold," Perry can no longer contain his amusement.

An edited version that's 8 minutes and 23 seconds long and focuses on the speech's oddest 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 delivered in stump speeches in the past. At the end of the speech, the audience gave him a standing ovation.

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