The Big Conversation:
Rick Perry the presidential candidate has re-emerged — in a new book making some controversial claims about his behavior on the campaign trail.
Politico's new e-book Inside the Circus, a behind-the-scenes look at the Republican presidential race by reporters Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, claims that Perry used painkillers during his famously botched debates to relieve pain he'd been experiencing since undergoing back surgery in July.
"It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates," the book says.
The book also describes a scene ...