Rick Perry and Herman Cain on Damage Control

Rick Perry and Herman Cain on Damage Control

It was the wacky appearance that has New York magazine noting, some people might say Rick Perry was drunk when he gave a speech.

Jon Stewart said on The Daily Show, "Best case scenario, that dude's hammered. Worst case scenario, that is Perry sober and every time we've seen him previously, he's been hammered."

The 23-minute speech took place in New Hampshire. At one point in the speech, Perry said, "This is such a cool state. I mean, come on, live free or die? It's like, live free or die, victory or death, bring it!" 

Even conservative firebrand Ann Coulter thinks something was, well, off.

Coulter told INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd, "I think he's drunk! I mean, he's probably tired from campaigning. You know, he probably got held up at the event, had a drink and it kicked in right as he takes the stage." 

Now the speech is being compared to the famous "Dean Scream" that marked the beginning of the end of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.

Rachel Maddow said on her MSNBC show, "It's sort of like the Dean Scream moment that derailed Howard Dean's presidential campaign."

Others say, maybe all this attention will help Perry's already struggling presidential campaign.

George Stephanopoulos said on Good Morning America, "It's gone viral. My guess is, bottom line, it helps him a little bit."

Meanwhile, Republican rival Herman Cain's attempts at damage control over claims that he sexually harassed two women in the 1990's seem to be compounding his problems. 

At the National Press Club Cain said, "I am unaware of any settlement. I hope it wasn't for much, because I didn't do anything."

But later, on Fox, he seemed to change his story.

"Yes, there was some sort of settlement," said Cain.

Then, on PBS, the details shifted again.

"I'm aware that an agreement was reached. The word 'settlement' versus the word 'agreement,' you know, I'm not sure what they called it," said Cain.

Coulter and other conservatives are rallying to his defense.

Boyd said, "Politico and other news organizations are now suggesting that Herman Cain is changing his story. What do you say?"

"I don't think so, but part of the problem is, I'm not sure what the story is and I don't think anyone is. I mean, there are anonymous sources. It is such a cheap shot, unfair attack," said Coulter.