Perry Downplays Sleep Apnea That Office Confirmed

Gov. Rick Perry is downplaying the effects that a previously undiagnosed sleep disorder had on his ill-fated presidential campaign.

On Sunday, Perry’s office released a statement to CNN confirming that Perry was diagnosed with the disorder during the presidential race. The condition, characterized by breathing disruptions and snoring, robs its victims of productive sleep.

“Gov. Perry was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea during the campaign and was treated with a breathing machine for a few weeks,” a Perry aide told CNN. "Once the governor's back recovered sufficiently to return to his regular exercise routine, the apnea issue was ...

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