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Perry Denies Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Perry denies sleep disorder reference in e-book by Texas Tribune writer.



    Perry Denies Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
    Gov. Rick Perry (R) of Texas.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is denying he has sleep apnea after the diagnosis was revealed in a reporter's diary from a failed presidential campaign marked by several notable flubs.

    Perry said Thursday he was misdiagnosed with the condition during the campaign. It was recently disclosed in the e-book "Oops!" by Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root. 

    Perry's most notable misstep was his "Oops" comment during a televised debate when he couldn't recall which three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate.

    Perry said Thursday doctors considered sleep apnea as a potential cause of his sleepless nights. Perry tried sleeping with a special mask, but said it didn't work.

    Perry had back surgery before the campaign and says now he was kept awake by a nerve issue in his foot.

    Root, who is a former Associated Press reporter in Austin, compiled material for his Perry book while working for the Texas Tribune.