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.
@field1stsgt...a true patriot is knowledgeable, educated, votes, and is well informed on the subject.
Obama's ancestry is Kenyan and surprise he was born in Hawaii. This has been proven so many times over. Why? Because people with a half a brain can't seem to grasp the truth. It has cost taxpayers millions because of this.
Now think about this, could Obama get security clearance (to take the oath of office) from the multiple security departments (secret service, fbi, etc...) if he was not a U.S. citizen? Don't you think that if he was not a U.S. citizen, the gop would have found out before he took the oath? Hilary Clinton could not find the smoking gun either.
And remember when newt and the gop spent over $70M in getting Clinton impeached for his adultery (and newt along with other gopers were guilty of the same thing)? Well, that's when the terrorists were making plans to attack us. For reals! Do some research.
If she is soooooo great at challenging the big guns why doesn she jump off the sidelines talking and get in the mix also......because her counter gop candidates would eat her dumb ass for lunch...
@THunter99 – she only hates her kids because a good mother, a caring mother wouldn't do any of what she has done to her kids or put them through.
Does anyone know what they have done with Trig? I would like for somebody to ask her where is he? We have not seen him for months!!!
Palin should get her family on birth control with their record.
RE: Governor Perry's Executive order in '08 for the Cervical Cancer Vaccine. Correct me if I'm wrong. But one of the GOP's mantras is that they object to BIG GOVERMENT involvement in people's personal lives. Talk about a contradiction!!!
Palin jumps on the ban-wagon. Nothing to offer on her own.
Can someone please muzzle this pig in lipstick
The Real Tom Paine
My apologies. You are the first person I have met on this site who attempts to answer with something other than insults and raw emotion. I don't agree with your accessment of Palin, but you are at least intellectually honest.
Thanks for a rare bit of "civil discourse"........
Sarah Palin’s Alaska Took Federal Funds to Increase Access to Gardasil
Sarah, the sneaky dog is back. She sits back and waits for her opponents to talk about anything .... then she jumps in a criticizes them .... safely away from the fray. She is the dog letting the touch guys fight over the bone ..... then she jumps in an steals whatever is in sight that she perceives is worthwhile. Sarah's comment that she has fought corruption for 20 years is a lie or maybe her math is as bad as her reading. Duh
ms family oriented missing her wedding band?
Can't even graduate on time, raise a semi-decent family and people worship her....
I give her husband credit..... He's Laying Low and counting the CASH........ Pimp of the Year !!! He'll be at the Playa's Ball this year.........
She doesn't have the guts to debate herself though, she just critisizes others, while she runs from the questions
Sarah Palin needs to just fade away..........shes irrevelant.
Now THAT is hilarious!! How long does she have to talk to the Hillbillies?
As promiscuous as her daughter was, you'd think that she'd be in favor of anything to prevent STDs.
She is terrified to debate. Besides, her daughter spilled the beans 6 weeks ago....Sarah made up her mind a long time ago, remember, on the fishing boat, although except for photo ops she hasn't set foot on a boat in years. She must lay awake at night wondering how to break it too her fans at CP4, that she isn't going to run, terrified to do it. Terrified to run, terrified to debate, terrified to tell them she isn't running. lol.
I KNEW Palin was getting annoyed at having been elbowed out of the news cycle.
As the old saying goes,"We've alreacy established what Perry is. We're just haggling about the price."
Ironic since her daughter had premarital sex, palin should just keep her mouth shut!
Bravo, Founders 1791! Finally...finally a voice of reason on the Ticker who can actually get their comments posted! I apparently have been banned for months...I can't get a single comment on these boards...despite my attempts to call out Sniffit for exactly what he/she is...a Bully. An educated bully hiding behind a dictionary and thesaurus tongue...spewing comment after comment of hateful banter to anyone who disagrees. Thank you for your comments here today, Sniffit! You've shown your true colors again. Thank you Tom Paine...I don't agree with your comments but can appreciate the civility you usually bring. And thank you CNN. For once again refusing to post my comment but being ok with posting 4 comments from Sniffit, 3 from YouIdiot! 1 from "Hugh Heffner" suggesting Palin take her clothes off and 1 from Seal Team suggesting that Palin has a nice rack. You have become such a credible site for politcal chat!
coward. Go hide behind your facebook or twitter. at least these candidates can look each other in the eyes and debate. Palin is spineless and full of it. and one day her violent rhetoric will come back to haunt her. lead, follow or get out the way (and shut the hell up)
And what do you say about the Kock Bros., Palin? Don't they support your TeaBanger whiners? Go grab your crayons and color; that's more your speed.
She loves attention. I believe Levi over Palin and Bristol. Palin go back to bed you quitter.
Umm, I'm confused. Are Palin and Bachman now saying they believe that women should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies, free from government mandate? Because they weren't saying that before.