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. Chris

    I love how people still find Sarah Palindrome relevant. The Tea Party should be granted the state of Alaska to implement their ideals and allow the rest of the world to function somewhat normally. Romney Perry for President. Tea Party candidates are the sure fire way to get a democrat re elected. They know it yet there're far too inamored with themselves to back down. Anti – Tea Party.Pro Republican

    September 13, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. TheTraveler

    Palin is like some little kid that throws a rock then runs away ... ignore her.

    September 13, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. abby1

    “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."

    She would be no different from Perry when it comes to rewarding her large politcal donors with government funded contracts.

    September 13, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Lola

    Perry apologized. He said he would not do it again and he came across as sincere. Under gov't controlled healthcare, there will be no opt-out option. So, if people want to repeal Obamacare, they need to look for a candidate who is committed to repealing it ........ ummmm, like Perry.

    September 13, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. thnkit

    Sarah is just one or two buttons away from getting a male voter landslide.......

    September 13, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Trent

    Yes, that's right teabaggers, fight amongst yourselves.

    September 13, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Lee

    Why is she still talking? Last I checked she hadn't announced that she was running yet.

    September 13, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Jeetu

    So, how about all the money sarah Palin is getting from her supporters? What is that called. In my view all the money politicians get is to do something for the donors. If we want to stop all this, we need a law that stops all campaign contributions and asks each citizen to contribute fixed amount of money, perhaps as part of taxes for the elections expenses. No more private contributions and hence no more gimmicks or apparency of any false pretenses.

    Would the Congress pass such a legislation? I do not think so as this requires guts and working together that they have not shown. Also, this will put people like Sarah Palin out of business of preaching one thing and doing another.

    September 13, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. free2do

    It's pretty easy to blast somebody from the sidelines. She is waiting for the end of the debates to enter the race so that she won't have to answer any questions from "Lame Stream Media". What a tool.

    September 13, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Greenspam

    I dont get it. Mandatory vaccine with an opt-out. What's the problem?

    September 13, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Lizzy10

    In a battle of wits, no one in the GOP wins, they're all unarmed.

    September 13, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. TakeNoPrisoners

    Perry must be doing something right to be attacked by the rest of the crowd while o'blowzo gets a free pass destroying the country!

    September 13, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. danny

    Please go away. Sarah, everyone knows you're not going to enter the race, you wouldn't stand a chance. It's beyond me how people still actually think this woman is by any means intelligent. If you can't even finish your term as gov. without resigning, you probably shouldn't be talking.

    And shame on CNN for even posting the insanely idiotic comments from someone who has to read them off her own hand. I thought her 15 minutes in the spotlight would be done by now

    September 13, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Whome

    Why does this bimbo still getting any press? She needs to sit down and shut-up already.

    September 13, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Donald in CA

    What a fraud palin is. Who are the people who idolize this person, but i hear charles manson gets more fan mail then any other prisoner at corcoran state prison.

    September 13, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. stoptheh8te

    This woman has ZERO credibility and ZERO relevance. She continues to throw bombs safely from the sidelines ... afraid to enter the race because she'd actually have to take a stand and follow it through to completion. As it stands now, she can say and do anything knowing she does not have to prove any of her statements. I used to feel sorry for her since she accepted the VP nomination without any preparation and was embarrassed. Now I know she didn't have the mental maturity to turn down her selection as a VP candidate knowing the position was way over her knowledge and skill set. She will not enter the race because the nation will again see clearly how ill prepared she is to be POTUS. Mrs Palin, please grow up and once and for all shut up!!!!

    September 13, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. deb

    OK when will the Palinitus vaccine be ready...seems media has an oozing, festering, and swollen case that just will not go away.

    September 13, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. MIke smith

    Can you say polio and smallpox vaccine. Thanks god trash like palin and buckmann weren't around then

    September 13, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. bailoutsos

    Since she is not running for office, Palin can say whatever she wants and not have to defend it. Paris Hilton should start making political comments as well.

    September 13, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |

    We would love to hear from you Half Gov. Palin, but as a candidate, not as someone sitting on the sidelines throwing mud. Come on Half Gov. Palin, join in, make it official, otherwise keep your mouth shut and go away.

    September 13, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Kay

    Perry defeats O in 2012. Anthony, that's the point I made earlier, Bachmann did NOT look Perry in the eye during her rebuttal, instead choosing to look at Wolf Blitzer. Any Presidential candidate wishing to be elected as Commander In Chief needs to be able to look at the "enemy" in the eye. As for the HPV vaccine, Bachmann is being disingenuous when she in fact did NOTHING about her own state's mandate of Hep B vaccine for children.

    September 13, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. AlaskaPalin

    Sarah must be something special if the very mention of her name cause so many to become incoherent. If anyone does a careful analysis of abortion or homosexuality, what they entail, that person will most likely come to the conclusion that these Acts are evil. So to speak out in a learned and compassionate way against these evil acts must be good. Seeing evil and not standing against it is wrong. One must ask himself why are so many persons against these acts in the first place. The problem today is most poignant for the immorals are now legislating their immorality on the majority.

    September 13, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Lv

    Palin talking to Bachman. And we have a story about that. Which shows just how much our media will do to get ratings, and just how bad the condition of our educational system has become. We have utterly failed to teach critical thinking. Probably so that PC thoughts can be injected unnoticed. We should hang our heads in shame. America was once good enough to recognize a crackpot and ignore it.

    September 13, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. dgkdgk

    Ohhh, we're gettin' there, folks ... the day has almost arrived ... I can already hear Failin', " ... I've sat and watched and observed from the sidelines. And, quite frankly, I don't like what I see. I am compelled to throw my hat into the ring and run for president of the United States of America." (chirping crickets.)

    This trick is so predictable.

    September 13, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. jjdoublej

    Sarah....please go away. who cares what you say anyway?

    September 13, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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