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

    Oh for a Palin & Bachmann ticket......America could realize the Tea Party dreams and become the laughing stock of the world.

    September 13, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Eventually no one bought pet rocks anymore. Then the realization set in as to how stupid people were to have bought them in the first place. Some guy laughed all the way to the bank knowing that suckers paid $10 for a rock in a fancy box. I wonder how long it will take those same fools that bought pet rocks to realize that that is exactly what Granny Sarah Scorpion here is?

    September 13, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Kathleen Farrell

    OK. I'm missing something big time. This is not an issue of campaign financing or one-upping a candidate. This is about a group that thinks vaccinating a child against a growing deadly disease is a BAD THING? Are you kidding me??? We have the science to curb polio, measles, even chicken pox. So when we have a vaccine that will save many a young woman from cervical cancer by blocking HPV we disregard it? What the heck is wrong with this group of people who care so little about women's health and stand in judgment to the point they will let people die?

    September 13, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. bobcat2u

    It is so funny how she always manages to miss the debates, but she is always the first one to chime in. Sarah, if you have so much to say after the fact, you should take your lame self on stage with the rest of them and face them like a big girl. No, you're more like the grade school kid who has to talk behind peoples back.

    September 13, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. shoegazer

    Surely this narcissistic nobody isn't relevant.Is she? Pity.

    September 13, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Madtown

    Typical $arah Palin. Stay on the sidelines, and lauch her rhetorical attacks from a safe distance without having to face anyone in real time. What a freaking coward. She is a pathetic disgrace to this country. CNN, in continuing to run a story based on anything she says, is a pathetic disgrace to the institution of journalism.

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

    Who said it first Palin or Bachmann? You did your job well, Sarah, as the GOP battering ram! They send you out there to criticise every word Obama says and repeat the punch lines froim the GOP. It's over! They can fight for themselves now, or can't they be as mean or nasty as you? You won't run for president because it's a job for 1 person not a husband and wife, as was done in Alaska. I guess you could slip that part past people there, but as president, every word out of your mouth and move you make will be heard and watched. Don't do it or you'll be the first woman president to bei impeached!!

    September 13, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. snowdogg

    Not a fan of Perry... even less so with Palin. Families DID have the option to not participate in the inoculation program. Hoping they Republicants will smear each other to unelectable status.

    September 13, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Tea party GOP debate...

    Eight-debate and non were great. Just blowing hot air...!

    September 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. AlaskaPalin

    Nothing like a sarah comment to make those suffering from saraphobia go berserk. By the way speaking of education who are more educated- republicans or democrats. Speaking of science who ended the shuttle program republicans or democrats. Speaking of dreams who is most likely to achieve the american dream a republican or a democrat. Who is calling for the elites to lead us republicans or democrats? We are an equal opportunity country.

    September 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Joshua Ludd

    Michelle Bachmann... standing up for your right to choose not to innoculate your children against a virus that causes cancer.

    September 13, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Glenn

    Prediction: Palin will not run for President. A) She'd be chewed up and spit out at any debate, she just isn't smart enough; B) Democrats and Independents don't like her at all; C) Almost 3/4 of the Republican Party doesn't want her to run; and D) Almost 2/3 of the Tea Party doesn't want her to run. She isn't nearly as well liked as she thinks she is and as those around her keep telling her she is.

    If she does run, and I wouldn't put it past her, it will only prove how incredibly huge her ego is and she'll be embarrassed beyond belief. Of course, that may be the only thing that gets her to GO AWAY.

    September 13, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. bubbles36

    Palin is such a fraud. She even admitted last night that she is having fun throwing out comments while sitting on the sidelines. She needs to get in or shut up. Why her opinions are given so much merit is just beyond me.....especially here on CNN.

    September 13, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Glenn

    She'll never go away, McCain has unleashed this photo-opportunistic, soundbite-laden ego-maniac on the country and someone should go to Arizona and slap that old man.

    September 13, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. mom

    Bachmann said: "Well, I'm offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn't have a choice."

    Convenient how republicans want to give women and girls choices about their body ONLY in certain situations.

    September 13, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. clarke

    I wish people would get the facts straight. The shots are only with parent approval only, no one is being forced to get these shots. I don't care for either Palin or Perry, but I do care about the truth.

    September 13, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Funny that they support the involuntary inoculation of little girls for HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer, yet wish to deny the same treatments to grown women via the destruction of Planned Parenthood.

    September 13, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Michelle Bachmann... standing up for your right to choose not to innoculate your children against a virus that causes cancer.

    It used to be called personal freedom, something which is disappearing in this country faster than polite political debate thanks to the looney leftists and their forced government mandates.

    September 13, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. AlaskaPalin

    In debating vp joe biden, palin equaled or surpassed him. She does not have to earn her credentials she did it at the highest level and won. All the others are green horns when compared to this maverick. The saraphobes are suffering from selective amnesia.

    September 13, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Todd in DC

    I'm confused. So being vaccinated against a disease that could cause cervical cancer is a BAD thing?

    September 13, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Glenn

    @clarke ~ which is why Bachmann's comment should be completely ignored. It won't be, because that's how the media in this country works and there are actually people out there who believe she scored points with her response, but there was an opt-out clause in Perry's executive order for those parents who didn't want their daughters innoculated. I'm not defending Perry nor am I defending the fact that he issued an executive order on what is, undoubtedly, a personal choice, I'm merely pointing out how candidates will lie through their teeth and say whatever's necessary to win votes.

    September 13, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. David Keeber

    I am no fan of Sarah Palin, but that doesn't mean that her statement against crony capitalism isn't correct. Government has gone to the highest bidder and Perry is just one more in a long line of politicians who have successfully fed from the money trough. It has to stop because it undermines our nation.

    September 13, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Glenn

    @As GM goes......... This was a Republican debate with Republican candidates talking about one of them mandating the HPV shot in his state, yet you criticize the "looney leftists" for restricting personal freedom? Did you watch the debate?

    September 13, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    I have to admit she's very athletic... She can jump on a bandwagon faster than anyone I've ever seen...

    CNN, please stop repeating the inconsequential nonsense this know-nothing keeps spewing.

    September 13, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Wldcat_1956

    Sarah Palin is waiting for all the debates to be over so they don't ask her questions she will not know how to answer

    September 13, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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