Palin hits Perry on state-mandated vaccine
September 13th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
3 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. Shawn Irwin

    Perhaps we should get Palin and Perry together for a debate . . . . it would be funnier that Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Johnny Carson put together.

    September 13, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Eileen

    I think that's quite disturbing that Perry places so little value in patients' right to refuse treatment and right to autonomy over their own bodies. How can he even begin to think that it's appropriate for a government to dictate what medications its constituents have to take? And the article isn't clear, was religious objection the only allowable reason for opting out, or were other reasons accepted too eg fear of side-effects?

    I'm a great big old liberal by the way, I don't generally watch a video of Bachmann or read a comment from Palin and think "you tell 'em". They're not people I would generally be cheering for, but they're absolutely right on this. That was a gross abuse of power.

    September 13, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. trashcup

    BORING....RIDICULOUS.....waste of time for everyone to write it, read it and now comment on it. SO I am quitting

    September 13, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. halito

    To those who criticize Palin consider this – Perry's act is yet another step towards the Gov dictating decisions that should be made by the parents only. Don't you get it yet? Our Gov has slowly been interjecting itself in our lives taking away our right to decide for ourselves. First it helmet laws, requirement to purchase auto insurance, juvenile rights laws that give more control to the Gov and less to the parents. Most recently, it was Obama thumbing his nose at Congress (who is our voice) when Congress denied the 300K illegals a right to live here legally. Obama has ordered Homeland Security (who is supposed to protect citizens) to find a way for the 300K illegals to stay. Obama was able to get the healthcare act passed which makes it illegal for us citizens not to purchase healthcare – but then who cares whether people can afford it or not. We might be homeless but by God we will have healthcare! Now we have this Governor who has mandated that all girls 12+ years old have this shot – even though the parents may have objection. Oh but then who the hell cares about parental rights! Not the Gov. I challenge each of you to study the juvenile rights acts that the Fed Gov and all states except MT passed. TX repealed theirs in 1995. It is sobering and just might wake up some of you.

    September 13, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Strategic Bob

    I wonder how Ms. Palin and her sister in ignorance, Michelle B., feel about immunizations for diseases like polio, measles and tetanaus. Is it better public policy to let people die from preventable diseases or is it better to act to prevent them? And what would their feelings be on smallpox if it should re-emerge? Smallpox has killed more people than all of humanity's wars combined. Should we prevent it or not? It is such a moral quandry!!!! Oh wait, these diseases don't have a connection to sexual organs and possible sexual activity, so maybe it is OK to prevent them. The possibility that HPV and cervical cancer might be God's punishment for having enjoyed sex means that we should just let their victims die in agony. What utter ignorance. And these fools think they are fit to be President. Hell, they aren't even fit to be garbage collectors. Perry was right on the HPV vaccine. It was probably an accident,but he was right on that.

    September 13, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Sarah Palin is right. The government should NOT legislate nor tell women what to do with their bodies. Right? Right?

    September 13, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. Ericas Boyfriend

    ok. no offence to anyone in here that supports Palin but can this beast of a person go away please... you have this great opportunity to live a life, to be alive. given the size and nature of the universe the odds are so slim that we'd have this amazing existence. and then it gets muddled up with people like Sarah Palin and you think, wow. what a shame that jackal's soul got put in the wrong body.

    September 13, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Jack

    Not as dumb as everyone thinks – avoiding debates but attacking whereever it will strengthen her.
    I can bet that she will enter the fray when debates are winding down – she will just realize that there are no viable candidates. Just scared of the debates. You decide whether you want this lady who avoids tough challenge to represent your country.

    September 13, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Ed

    She isn't on the ticket and she left her governor job to make more money so who cares what she thinks.

    Oh and can she criticize someone without making a gun reference for once? That'd be great.

    September 13, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Shayney

    I fear for the future if this is the best the GOP has to offer. As for the 1/2 term governor, I hope she runs just for the debates. It will be better than a SLN skit!

    September 13, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. doofus

    Paliln, don't just bark like a mad dog from the side-line. If you've have what it takes, get into the ring fight like a true candidate. You're just pathetic.

    September 13, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. Canadian Jim

    SHe wears that sweater like a high school cheerleader, and has the intellect to match.

    September 13, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Houston, TX

    Just think, not to long ago she was buddies with Perry; endorsed and campaigned for Perry’s re-election. Now she is singing a different song….

    September 13, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Coach Lew

    Governor Perry, I think you could be bought for $500.00 not just $5,000. Do you have a daughter that is in the sixth grade in Texas???? Between this last idiotic thing to want done and the fact that you want to take Social Security from everyone over 62 and getting a pension, sir you have overstepped your boundaries. You don't have a chance in bell to get the nomination.

    September 13, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. ss

    it's all ok as long as you don't call palin out.

    September 13, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. kate

    so the government immunizing adolescent girls against hpv with the ability to opt out of immunization if they want = bad, but the government forcing adolescent to carry their pregnancies to term = good? yeah. not hypocritical at all.

    September 13, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Marc

    Amazing how an anti-big Goverment activist like Perry would allow our children to be violated by big Pharma. At least he insisted on a donation. Republicans are so predictable. How can Perry truly be against big business, while selling out to Pharma. At least he has cool hair.

    September 13, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. False Left Right Paradigm

    What a perfect way to make Mr. Bilderburg Perry look good. Have Palin attack him. Don't you liberals see what trick the establishment is playing on you to get Perry "over"? Go back and read over the commets. You will see that eventhough Perry did something horrible, yes girls actually DIED due to his decision. By having Palin attack him (who you HATE soo soo sooooo much) it destracts you from the real issue, the vaccines and how wicked Perry really is.

    Liberals DON'T make Perry look good, THINK!!! I know, I know you despise Palin, I don't care for her either, but don't let your hatred of Palin cloud your opinion of Perry.

    Oh I put the dreaded word Bilderburg in post, let's see if CNN let's it go through.

    September 13, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. Mike

    Who cares what Palin has to say.

    September 14, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Dandy

    Palin == Fail

    September 14, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. left wing, right wing, american

    Despite why ]Perry did it I wish they did it earlier my wife and I have hpv, and would anyone have a problem if it was for hiv.

    September 14, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Palin doesn't want to debate for the same reason Perry is now in a bit of trouble. Neither one of them was better than a mediocre student while in school. Perry's grades have been released under the Freedom of Information Act. Very few decent grades (A or B) and a majority of grades in the C to D range. He even has an F to his credit. But, he did manage to stay in one school, instead of dropping out of one after another as Palin did.

    Then again, how smart do the Republicans have to be to be smarter than the TeaPartiers? Perhaps an IQ of 70 to 80 would be a genius in that particular group.

    September 14, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  23. Susan in SC

    My LATEST problem with Sarah Palin is her self-proclaimed "getting a kick out of" staying in the spotlight and weighing in on the 2012 prospects." She refuses to actually toss her hat in the ring and commit to running for office, therefore sparing herself the chore of an actual debate where she would be forced to engaged with own party. But instead, she uses her celebrity to take pot shots at the actual candidates and those who are actually serving in office, not to mention those who are completing their elected term.

    September 14, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. Robrob

    Isn't Palin also the advocate of how well "abstinence only" works?

    September 14, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  25. DBlaq

    "'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."

    Sheesh...she sounds like a 12 yr old girl. And she said it right there: she's "getting a kick" out of all this. She's in it for kicks (attention). Not surprised. Why are we listening to what she has to say again?

    September 14, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
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