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. gt

    so you can maybe stop your child for getting cancer... buy getting a shot... come on sara ... perry was right on ... i dont think perry is nearly as radical as i once thought...we need a leader somewhere in the middle...

    September 13, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Not in the debate, but has to add her two cents... What a coward!

    September 13, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |

    Sarah Palin our next great President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Longsack the Clown

    Hmmm, don't believe I see a wedding ring on her hand in that photo. What's up with that, trouble in paradise?

    September 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. ja

    the United States attorney general need to investigate the perry

    September 13, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "... fighting the corruption and fighting the crony capitalism is a tough thing to do within your own party,"
    So you created an extension of your Party to accomodate said corruption and cronyism.
    It is called the Tea Party, fully backed and funded by corrupt corporate capitalists like the Koch brothers whose intent it's been for some four decades now to infiltrate our government with their hand-chosen cronies (see Wisconsin Governor et al in government) and have said cronies propose and support legislation that is beneficial to them and people like them at the expense of the rest of US.

    Your gall is awei-inspiring, much like your sub-par IQ Sarah.
    In regards to the state-mandated vaccination, Bachmann was on point calling out Tricky Ricky on that one. Where were your Constipated, er, constitutionally trained Tea Partiers to put the brakes on such a travesty I wonder.
    $5K contribution from that corporation my left foot Perry. Care to try again?

    September 13, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. lcasey

    Until she decides to stand up there with the rest of them...........just shut up.

    September 13, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. lcasey


    Sarah Palin our next great President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    September 13, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |


    September 13, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Dave J

    Her eminence is not just a maverick, she has ascended to the highest of the high "mavrickey". Oh Mighty Sarah, you are the one. Please run and deliver salvation to the American people. They need you more now than ever. Please whip out you flute and play it for it will solve all of America’s problems. Oh "Your Worship" the American people implore you.

    Sarah for President! Sarah for President! Sarah for President!

    September 13, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Robin Bray

    Again another daily Palin story by CNN. No one cares and we still have to ask, Who is she sleeping with at CNN? All this coverage day after day, all this free PR, for someone who does not matter. What is going on at CNN?

    September 13, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Common Sense

    Miss negativity strikes again. Palin once again reminds us what our current education system produces. She has no clue why it is important to protect young women from HPV. She doesn't stop to think about common sense approaches to problems because she has no common sense. She buries herself every time she opens her mouth, so she's no threat to anything in American politics. Let her keep making stupid statements like she does, it only makes her look that much more irrelevant.

    September 13, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Tad Pole

    I find it freightening that this is the best the GOP can offer. Do GOP candidates have to all be extreme? I thought Bush Sr. was a fairly well balanced "conservative", but this group seems like a bunch of crazies.

    September 13, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Loopman

    Once again, Caribou Barbie spouts her BS about a subject she knows nothing about. I used to think she was just narcissistic but the more crap I hear come from her pie-hole the more I'm convinced that she actually believes that someone out really cares about what she is saying. Wrong again Sarah. Just pack up the bus with your old man nad kids and go back up to the great white north and leave the campaigning to those who have the guts to commit themselves, instead of your tactic of wait till someone makes a statement and then run out and make some snarky, childish comment about it and then sneak away so noone can take a public potshot at you.

    September 13, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Clwyd

    Cone on People! Please show that stupid doesn't last forever! This man is calling for the governors to appoint Senators, Congress to be able to overrule the Supreme Court and for Texas so secede from the Union! If you agree you are sicker than I thought!

    September 13, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Sarah Palin in a word = OPPORTUNIST.

    September 13, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. MB Seattle

    What is the story about Pete and Repete. $arah Palin is not running for office. Why does CNN give so much space to a Fox guest commentator?

    What can we expect next a guest colum by Rush. Get over $arah and focus on the canidates and the condition of this country.

    September 13, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Steve in Denver

    "when you call them out on the mistakes that they have made."

    OK. John McCain, you made a mistake. You should have left the quitta from wasilla alone. If ignorance is bliss, caribu barbie is one happy person.

    September 13, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. phoenix86

    Perry's policy included an Opt-Out. Since the majorty of Americans (cleary proven by looking at these postings) are idiots, Perry assumed (rightly so) that there would be a significant number of parents too lazy to respond to an "Opt-In"; and those that felt srongly about it could "Opt Out".

    Reading comments by "Tad Pole" "Wasilla Willie" and "Anonymous" prove that Perry was correct.

    September 13, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. mdp1

    Sarah, U r wrong. I usually respect ur views but on this one think before what u say!! Do the analysis of what Rick said, then speak otherwise u will look stupid just like Michelle Bach.

    September 13, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Ambulance-chaser, and she's not even a lawyer.

    September 13, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Indy

    The AK Queen of corruption that was guilty of expense fraud and abuse of power of course wanted Bachman to talk about social issues because Bachmann is a complete failure on economic issues. Palins ego explodes and she gets a kick out making millions by doing very little and bringing up the most obvious and glaring issue that Perry could be attacked on. To bad no one was smart enough to take on the real issues like unemployment stats and all the stimulis money Perry used to create jobs and fix the mansion, but Republicans have never had the cajones to go after their ownwhen it comes to financial matters.

    September 13, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Emerson

    LOL. Od course Palin is a viable candidate even though she refuses to particiapte in a debate because she is unable to formulate coherent thought and speech, because when she has someone write it out for her to post on her twitter or when she has a script inside the friendly confines of the FOX alternative universe of "facts" she almost makes some kind of sense, sort of. Besides, she still getsthe attention she craves while pulling down a hefty salary from FOX. Real Presidential material.

    September 13, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. carly

    when will this fool go away?

    September 13, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Oh lord, another rant written by someone else FOR HER.

    September 13, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. G D

    Funny, one of the only things I liked about Perry was he was trying to help girls to not become cancer victims. The "mandate" has a parental opt out. Bachmann would have our sick & poor dying on the streets because they weren't responsible enough to get health care they can't afford. Or maybe, if they're good Christians, the church would take them in. Great plan!

    September 13, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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