Palin hits Perry on state-mandated vaccine
September 13th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
7 years ago

Palin hits Perry on state-mandated vaccine

Washington (CNN) - While she wasn't on stage at Monday night's debate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin jumped in on the attacks against Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing a state law that required inoculation against a sexually-transmitted disease for sixth-grade girls.

"You have to go up against the big guns," Palin said on FOX News Monday, praising GOP candidate Michele Bachmann for bringing up the issue at the debate. "And they will try to destroy you, when you call them out on the mistakes that they have made."

In 2007 Perry signed off on a law that mandated vaccines for HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. While, parents had the option of opting out for religious reasons, the measure was still considered an unpopular law in the Lone Star State.

Bachmann confronted Perry at the "CNN Tea Party Republican Debate" in Tampa, saying the Texas governor's former chief of staff later went to work for a drug company that made the vaccine.

“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said, adding that Perry received contributions from the company.

Perry countered saying he had received $5,000.

"I raised $30 million," Perry said. "If you think I can be bought for $5,000, then I'm offended," Perry said.

Firing back with a shot that spurred wide applause in the audience, Bachmann said: "Well, I'm offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn't have a choice."

After the debate, Palin called Perry's ties with the drug company "crony capitalism."

"True reform and fighting the corruption and fighting the crony capitalism is a tough thing to do within your own party," Palin said. "Believe me I know that. I have the bumps and bruises to prove it."

Palin, who paints herself as a "maverick," added that she's been fighting corruption for the last 20 years at the local and state level, in addition to her time campaigning as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

But this wasn't the first time Palin went after Perry. Speaking on Labor Day weekend at a major tea party event in Iowa, Palin hinted at the Texas governor–though she didn't use his name–while speaking about government corruption.

“Some GOP candidates, they also raise mammoth amounts of cash,” she said. “We need ask them, too: What, if anything, do their donors expect from their investments? We need to know this because our country can’t afford more trillion-dollar thank you notes to campaign backers.”

Palin hasn't thrown her hat in the ring for president, despite making big appearances this summer at events in key battleground states. She said Monday night she's still discussing a potential White House bid with her family.

In the meantime, Palin said she's "getting a kick out of" staying in the spotlight and weighing in on the 2012 prospects.

"I'm getting a kick of getting out there, making a speech, making some statement about things that must be discussed and then the very next day watching some of the candidates get out there and discuss what it was we just talked about," Palin said.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

soundoff (407 Responses)
  1. Dieter Zerressen

    I guess Perry is saying he can be bought it will just take a lot more than $5,000. Nice.

    September 13, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Max

    Here she is again! Ms Palin, just go away!

    September 13, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. don

    Sister Sarah. You must watch what you say. You will be endorsing Perry as soon as you realize you are not running.

    September 13, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "I raised $30 million," Perry said. "If you think I can be bought for $5,000, then I'm offended," Perry said.
    Too bad Bachmann didn't do her homework on the campaign contributions. Reports this morning say that Perry grossly understated the amount of the contributions. They range from $30k since the law was signed, to well over $200k over the course of the past decade. Bachmann wasn't thorough. She didn't plan for a counter move, or response from Perry. Say it, mission accomplished. Her lack of preperation made Perry look good.

    September 13, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Me

    This would mean something if she were somebody.

    September 13, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. DA

    Oh Boy, let the shark frenzy begin!! LOL

    September 13, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Irrma in North Carolina

    Here goes Palin again talking about big guns. When something comes out of her mouth it always has to include some kind of violence. Some day this will all come back to her.

    September 13, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Roger

    If you're going to continue to sling accusations and criticism, get in the race – otherwise be quiet. If you for a minute think Rick Perry is going to beat President Obama then you are living in some fool's paradise. I think the majority of the country is too smart to turn loose any of you TP's on our democracy.

    September 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. bassman

    Gov. Palin has evolved into the consciousness of the Republican party. She talks about "crony capitolism", and the next day the candidates are mimmicking her. She sets the agenda. She is in front of the narrative. Her critics are left with personal attacks, like the ones you can read in the comment section her.

    September 13, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Martin

    Until Palin declares her candidacy for President, the media should ignore her, completely.

    Who cares what she thinks? She's obviously not up for the challenge of the debates, or she would have declared by now. Smart money is on her declaring one way or another AFTER the majority of the debates have happened.

    Until she declares, she has ZERO right to comment in any way about how the candidates have handled themselves in debates that she refuses to participate in.

    September 13, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Martin

    Fighting corruption for 20 years? Don't make me laugh.

    She used campaign funds to take her family on their bus tour vacation thinly veiled as a campaign, even when she hasn't declared her candidacy.

    She's the last person to champion anti corruption.

    September 13, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. AEK

    I'm sorry, Sarah who?

    September 13, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Jay

    In the meantime, Palin said she "getting a kick out of" staying in the spotlight and weighing in on the 2012 prospects.

    well that pretty much sums her up!

    September 13, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Mark

    When Sarah talks, CNN will be there to print it. Please stop. She is irrelevant and only a few care what she has to say. Look at her track record. She joined the McCain campaign when he had a 10 point lead. In 3 weeks he was down 10 points. She quit on Alaska because she needed money, putting her personal needs above the state which according to her has a great view of Russia. She is most importantly unelectable. Please stop giving her a forum. Lets all just ignore her. Maybe she will just go away.

    September 13, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Anonymous

    I hope that perry tell the people how you put cross hairs on Mrs. Gifford head and caused her to get shot and the little girl to get killed seem to me you you didn"t give a dam about little girls or anybody silly sara.

    September 13, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. keeth

    It's always about guns and violence with her. Retreat/reload, crosshairs over political opponents. Quitter.

    September 13, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    one of the reasons I think Palin is NOT in this race for the GOP nomination is that she can not be confrontational away from her FaceBook, Twitter and the protection of FoxNews. Plus she is so thin skinned I doubt if she could take an attack like Perry did. Palin can bark when she is away from her opponent, put her face to face with them and she shrinks like a violet.

    September 13, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. vet in texas

    @SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Other than a nice rack, Palin has nothing
    I don't believe they are hers the recent shots of her in t shirt show that she's wearing padding. She's a fraud, nothing more, nothing less.

    I pity the fools whom have given to her PAC.

    September 13, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    So easy to sit out a debate (where your ignorance would be glaringly obvious) and then the next day read something your handlers wrote.

    September 13, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Nola Miller

    While I am not a fan of S. Palin, I must agree with her on this subject. NO One should have mandated for girls that young to take that shot. He did for the all mighty dollar.

    September 13, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Huh???

    you realize right that CNN is doing a story on a fox reporter? Because she's not a presidential candidate, or a governor, or really anything besides another talking head who works for a rival network. So why are you covering her? Is it a regular practice to do stories on other networks reporters? That just doesn't make sense. Perhaps you can blog about what shep smith thinks, or Brian Williams, or rachel maddow....

    September 13, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. will

    Further proof that the tea party will bring us back to the dark ages, they're completely against destroying a horrible disease that affects millions of women and causes cancer.

    September 13, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Wasilla Willie

    Speaking of Palin's "Big Guns" her's are nothing more that "Pop Guns" at this point in her so called political career. Go count your money, have Todd do the dishes, put your kids in school, prepare another snarky rant for all your C and D student fans out there and go back to Wasilla. Actually go further out -say to Moose Drop Junction or Bearberg......

    September 13, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Don

    I don't understand why the press keeps listening to this woman. The only reason she hasn't entered the race is because she hasn't got the brains to go without notes or a prescribed script. As long as she can go without having to face questions in a debate, the longer she looks good. Possibly she will throw her hat in with two days to go before the election.

    September 13, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Robert

    Remember when Laugh In had the cast opening windows and giving one-liners? That's what reminds me of Sarah Palin. Like the bird in a Cu-cu clock.She makes a comment and then retrieves.

    September 13, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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