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. cosmicsnoop

    There seems to be plenty of lawsuits over the health care mandate. Why has no Republican sued Texas for this mandate? Hmmmmm? Anyone? Seems to me the Republicans are in need of a new dictionary. It can start with the H's and hypocrite can be the first entry. They all embody that cowardly principle, but none of them seem to know the definition. I can't take anything any of them says with any sort of seriousness. They are all petty (insert your own derogatory name).

    September 13, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Really?

    Do you remember when you were a kid and the neighborhood gang of kids had all kinds running around? There was always the kid everyone sort of ignored because no matter what that kid said, it rarely made sense or had anything to do with reality. That's Palin. She's noisy and nonsensical (you Tea Partiers can have someone look that word up for you). If she was a 50-year-old man, no one would be paying the least bit of attention to her. The only time this cheerleader makes sense is when, like any cheerleader, she's mouthing something someone else has written for her.

    September 13, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. indyreader

    I'm pretty sure Palin approves of Bachmann's lying about the vaccines being even correlated, let alone causally related, to mental retardation (which would actually more accurately be described as brain damage, if it were brought about by an outside cause like a vaccine, for which assertion there is no evidence anyway.) This seems to be one common method of operation for the far-right wing: stoop as low as you need to to win, including lying (instances too numerous to mention), spying (Bachmann in the bushes outside some gay function), using public office as a fort from which to carry out personal vendettas (Palin's Troopergate), etc. It's a shame the right has become such a hot mess. The country deserves intelligent and vigorous debate from all sides – but, seriously, you regressive ultra-right wackaloons need to learn how to ground yourselves in reality. As it is, I observe that the most productive angle to take when looking for the fatal flaws of any Republican or Tea Party candidate, is to expect them to have done exactly that which they criticize most strongly in their opposition (whether with foundation or not), and then go find out for sure. You can take this to the bank, 'cos the results are always guaranteed.

    September 13, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Palin Burnout. Too Much of anything makes us sick, CNN.

    Already getting bagger burnout too. just hope they all go away soon so we can have some peace while we eat our beans and cornbread.

    September 13, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Mel Gipson

    There she goes, talkin' 'bout biguns. She has no shame.

    September 13, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. BlackDynamite

    Palin doesn't have the guts, the maracas, to declare she's in the race. All she does is run her mouth about this candidate, that candidate, Obama......

    The candidates don't respect her, because she won't stand up to them, and criticize them face to face

    Let me know when she has the guts to be a candidate

    September 13, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Joe YOU LIE Wilson

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

    So you're saying there's a price that you can be bought at?

    September 13, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Zpk

    Shouldn't this article be titled "Pro-cervical cancer Palin, slams Perry"?

    September 13, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. Dani

    Most are venting from fear! What is there to fear from sarah regular american palin? Her comments at this time tell what a smart politician she really is; after the others have beat up on each other all will be so weakened that sarah will march right in and decimate the field. she will be an unbeatable force. This lady should be respected. If she was irrelevant all would have been quiet. You will notice how quickly the number of postings shot up whenever her name is just mentioned. She is either your hope or your angst.

    lol! Well looks like she's the angst of 99% of poster on this forum as usual. I see maybe two or three idiots defending this awful woman. So much for "hope." I just hope she goes away for good after the GOP gets the crap beaten out of them AGAIN in 2012!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 13, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Sarah, Wasilla calls....go home.

    September 13, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Richard Ryder

    Has anyone told Palin that NO ONE CARES what she thinks??? I truly believe she thinks that the world is waiting to hear her views on things...her ego is HUGE....and doesn't like to be on the sidelines. I bet she was watching the debate last night wishing she was there..this woman is sad...she was thrust into the limelight and now refuses to exit stage left!! Sarah...go are making a fool of are a non entity except for those Palin-drones who think like you...

    September 13, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |

    Palin is right! (Gosh, did I say that?) Yes, she is because Perry ("Fritz") is on sale at all times. He publicly established the floor below which he will not sell out.

    September 13, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If Perry's the front-runner, Obama has nothing to worry about.

    September 13, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. Bryan

    There was a typo in the article. Palin actually said "I'm getting a kick of getting out there, making a speech, making some CASH... "

    Fools and their money are soon parted.

    September 13, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. John Ellis


    September 13, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. BENJI

    I'll vote for him now since that idiot Palin hates him.

    September 13, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Big Al

    Seriously. No one really cares. We are worried about our jobs and why both parties want to either spend our money or fire us. We are tired of you all and will vote you all out.

    September 13, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. bad boy bill

    sarah you are an embarrassment to the GOP. go back to alaska, i think you can see the north pole from there.

    September 13, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Cybersport

    The problem is people believe the tripe that comes out of her mouth. I voted for Obama last time but will consider a viable option in 2012; unfortuantely the Republicans only have 1 or 2 candidates who are close to the mainstream

    September 13, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. boyamidumb

    In 60 years of living in America I have never been more embarrassed by the people who pretend to leadership in this country or by the citizens who have given up thinking and have accepted the pap and pablum being offered by these hate mongers.

    If we who still can think do not act, we get what we deserve and our children will suffer for our laziness and apathy.

    September 13, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Carol

    Oh jeez, now they're all jumping on this stupidity. Yes, Michelle and Sarah, vaccinations are what's ruining America. Not the economy, not the wars, not the divided government, (I could go on)...... but vaccinations. That's the whole problem!

    If you do not want your kids vaccinated then opt out. Easy. Parents are not forced to vaccinate their kids. There are millions who haven't which, by the way, has brought back diseases such as whooping cough which had been eradicated.

    But you go girl! You make a big freakin deal out of this! Just like the birth certificate and every other dumb-ass idea the tea party promotes.

    September 13, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Pete

    Excuse Me! But i am a private citizen like Mrs. Palin, so I can slam anyone! Our weight seems to be equal!

    September 13, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Daws

    Let her or one of her kids get cervical cancer and then we'll see what tune she plays. The cost of a shot is nothing compared to the cost of treating this cancer, this move likely saved thousands if not millions in medical costs. This is probably the only smart thing Perry did, ironic that it's what she'd criticize him for.

    September 13, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. JW

    Well, Perry, if $5K doesn't do it anymore, how much are you selling yourself for these days?

    September 13, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. Mutatis

    The Wasillabilly is a nothing, nobody, irrelevant........................who cares what she has to say?

    September 13, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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