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. Kelly

    If there was a vaccine for prostate cancer, wouldn't we want all boys to be inoculated. How do parents look their daughters in the eye and say I could have prevented your cervical cancer but I choose not to?

    September 13, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Is Palin giving time for the GOP/Tea Party presidential candidates to beat up and do damage to each other before making her announcement to run? If so, she is on FOX pay roll while being a stealth candidate. This should be considered a violation of political campaign laws.

    September 13, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Common Sense

    Caribou Barbie can only make a quick entrance to throw in her two cent negative bashing comment and then she ducks out to avoid any reciprocating backlash. She doesn't want to join the race and compete against the candidates because she's too afraid to deal with anybody challenging her record and utter lack of intelligence. She's a great example of a calculating coward who is just in it for the money and fame. Go write another book and make another docudrama of your pathetic political life Caribou.

    September 13, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Nat Turner

    All this woman does is wait until somebody else makes a statement, then she jumps in with both feet. Why didn't she come out against what Perry had tried to do with the inoculations prior to now? She is a weak, loud-mouthed, money hungry piece of trash who is only delaying her announcement not to run, to scrap for every dollar she can get. She cares nothing about the state of Alaska and even less about the United States.

    September 13, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Katy

    Palin is a no nothing. She has nothing to offer the country. After this election, she will be gone with the wind.

    September 13, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. AntiFringe

    The invisible candidate is back. This is certainly a unique way of participating in the debates.......use Fox News and collect a paycheck from them. Not only has she duped a large number of angry voters; she has also duped Fox. That doesn't make Fox look too bright.

    Palin is a coward. Either enter the race, or shutup!

    September 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Apparently CNN doesn't want me to tell $arah to either get in the race or shut up . . .

    September 13, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    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.

    September 13, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Rick 7809

    What Perry got from the drug companies, is nothing like what Bush/Cheny got from the oil companies when he was in that same position. I don't think that Perry would start a war for them like Bush did, but you don't know for sure.

    September 13, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Mike NC

    Sarah, once again a day late! All the other Monday morning quarterbacks have left the building...

    September 13, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Diane

    Michelle Bachmann never lets truth stand in the way of a good soundbite. They did have a choice.

    September 13, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. josh

    At least Mrs. Bachmann had guts to confront people. She is working in a real office. Mrs. Palin knows how to use her same senteneces over and over again and make money.

    September 13, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. pablo

    Oh please, tell me what else she has to say.

    September 13, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. mike

    All I hear is the same old crap from these idiots that are so out of touch with this country that the only way they can be elected is by sucking up to the uneducated that have no idea what they even want and the rich just play these fools like a harp what is funny is that the only way they can get anybody to vote for them is just continue to say no to Obama on every bill that is put in front of them but what they fail to understand is that they are screwing themselves

    September 13, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. conoclast

    Gee thanks McCain for infecting America with the Sarah Palin virus! Like it's companion affliction, ignorance, there is no short-term cure; now we have to endure it until it finally runs its course. And who will clean up the scum it leaves behind?

    September 13, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is she going to run or not? If she is going to run, then let's ask her some questions. Otherwise she is just a bomb thrower that should just be ignored.

    September 13, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. don

    What does Non-presidential candidate Sarah have to say? Who cares?

    September 13, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. demogal

    Boy, I bet Sarah could teach Michelle a thing or two about "guns."

    September 13, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. JB21

    Honestly, we really have to ask ourselves, where did we go wrong as a country. Where did Republicans go wrong?

    September 13, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Joshua Ludd

    It isn't the "crony capitalism" or the supposed "lack of choice".. though opting out was allowed. Its the same old argument as ever. This will supposedly make girls have more sex, so it must be bad. And, yes, Bachmann.. lets preserve that choice.. the choice to get a communicable disease that can cause cancer in woman that is so widespread pretty much everyone has it, and which can be transmitted for a lifetime through either sex. I have HPV. You probably do, too, unless you are a virgin.

    September 13, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Know what's super funny? The fact that if the GOP and Jaberwocky Barbie blather about Parry's HPV vaccination mandate making some drug company rich, CNN reports the heck out of it....but when the Governor of FL and his GOP legislature pass a law to drug test social assistance recipients and the contract is given to a company in which that governor has a direct pecuniary interest (he signed his insterest over to his wife to hide it), CNN doesn't pick up on it and report it all by itself like any outift worthy of the name "journalists" would do. No no...much better to play he-said-she-said than do any research...that crap costs money.

    September 13, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Jack

    The economy. None of these Republican candidates (and non-candidate Palin) have a plan to create jobs. They all rant and rave against Obama but none have put forth anything. Obama has a plan. It may not be perfect, but it is a plan. But the GOP will block any proposal he puts forth. They will never give in to any slight compromise. So, we are stuck in idle. we will go nowhere. Thank you GOP.

    September 13, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Denise

    "Palin, who paints herself as a "maverick," added that she's been fighting corruption for the last 20 years ". Really?
    She's gotta be at the top of the heap as being one of THE most corrupt GOPers.

    On another note, while I don't endorse Perry, the HPV vaccination is a preventive measure and is a good idea from a health prevention aspect. This country needs a culture change in terms of health to one of prevention rather than treatment. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care" is not just a trite little saying, it's smart medicine....which would explain why this escapes the likes of Bachmann and Palin and the idiots that follow them.

    September 13, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Mark

    Palin's right up there with Glen Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Dennis Miller,
    Geraldo Rivera, Huckabee, Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh, Al
    Sharpton, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Greta van Susteren
    and all the other media bigmouths.

    Run for office, you dweebs. Put up or shut up.

    September 13, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. chris24

    perry was offended when bachmann suggested he could be bought for 5000.
    now we know he can be bought, but, he's not that cheap of a date.

    September 13, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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