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. Emerson C

    I am always amused when someone describes Sarah Palin as part of some American 'Taliban'. As if the real Taliban would tolerate someone like Sarah Palin in any public position or position of influence. In his diaries Osama Bin Laden described Palin as a 'slut'. I wonder what the real taliban would think of Palin's resistance to more restrictive liquor laws in Alaska. Or–better–the mind boggles at wht the real Taliban would think of Governor Palin's vetoing of the attempt by the Alaskan legislature to rescind the acquired rights of homosexual couples in Alaska. The Taliban would stone Sarah Palin to death–just like the American (and European) left would like to do, as this tread attests.

    September 13, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. thomas

    Rick Perry bought by for 5,000 what an insult ?

    Governor Rick Perry, who received the next largest chunk of Enron money !
    Gov. George W. Bush
    Gov. Rick Perry
    A.G. John Cornyn

    Aug 20, 2010 – Not only did Perry approve of giving funds to Countrywide, he actually ... Rick Perry solicited a $250,000 donation !

    Rick Perry solicited a $250,00 donation from BP to help restore the governor’s mansion.

    September 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. hypatia

    Sarah's got big guns? She must have bought them.

    September 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. ex-sarge

    So making sure young girls/women have some measure of protection against cervical cancer is bad, but making rape victims pay for their own rape kits is good... Will someone please stop giving this shrill, intellectually lazy, media addicted harpy airtime. She ran Wasilla into the ground, she quit half way through her term as governor, and she doesn't do her homework in American History. Please stop enabling her media addiction.

    September 13, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Wyoming Liberal

    Palin is boring and a non-issue. Is CNN going to post every person's opinions in this country? What Palin thinks, or more accurately doesn't think, is completely irrelevant.

    September 13, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. ken

    Here we go with the IDIOT again. Palin needs to go home and go hunting from a chopper. Maybe she can take Cheney with her. It's bound to be a safe hunting trip for her as long as no one gives him a loaded gun.

    September 13, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. AmericanSam

    I believe our elections should be publicly funded and that no individual can contribute to a campaign. Each candidate, after receiving a certain number of signatures, should get equal airtime to every other candidate, and run-off elections should produce two candidates who will then face off in the general election. Political parties should also not exist. Money and organizations aimed at the attainment of power are what I believe is ruining America. Those are just my thoughts.

    September 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Laura518

    What I think is interesting, is that the evangelical religious fanatics are against the vaccine, which is designed to prevent cervical cancer, which is caused by a sexually transmitted disease. First, that doesn't mean that these young girls are going to go out and have sex because they have been innolulated. And, it will help prevent it even if they don't have sex until they are married. However, what I find ironic, is that it's the evangelical teenagers that are MORE likely to have out of wedlock children and abortions. Aethists statistically have less abortions and less out of wedlock children (and aethiests also have less divorce, extra marital affairs, drug probelms, etc). The reason....aethists tend to be more highly educated. EDUCATION leads to making better life decisions, not religion.

    September 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, when you are drifting toward total irrelevance, have a photo op in a tight sweater!

    September 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Barking Alien

    I don't think the point was whether the HPV vaccine was a good idea. The point was it made people opt out instead of opt in. It was forced upon them. Also, this scheme appears to have been cooked up by Merck with the help of Perry. Whether he received 5000 or 5,000,000 it still is telling of his pay to play politics.

    September 13, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. AmericanSam

    @GM, if you refrain from language like "the looney left" more people might take into consideration what you have to say. Your language is very divisive. You should attempt to build bridges if you wish to connect with people rather than make people angry.

    September 13, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves up his "hot dog"!

    The actual purchase price for Slick Rick was $30,000 offered as a "campaign contribution".

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Indy

    Once again Republicans have been successful in taking everyone away from the real problems, JOBS and the ECONOMY and getting everyone to argue about a social issue.

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. JayDeeT

    What is it with these raging idiot morons?? The media just can't get enough of these vapid, shallow, ignorant Republican fools! It's as if this country has come down to sucking up to the political Neanerthal, the moron with the weirdest sound bite, the hate-monger with the loudest shrill!!! It could very well be a good idea to just dump the Constitution and go back to the Articles of Confederation, Oh, I forgot, most Americans have no idea what the Articles of Confederation are; actually, most Americans have no clue about what the Constitution contains. So, let's all just read MAD magazines, keep eating sugar and lard, and live in country and western songs.

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Jake

    the religious right will eat eachother ALIVE (but in the name of Jesus)

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin would not even enter a debate unless she could do it on FaceBook, Twitter, via SarahPac, or from the protection of her little brother Sean Hannity's show. She is NOT for confronting those she throws her barbs at. But I do have to admit I enjoy reading the Palin posts here not only from the ones that despise her but from the ones that defend her as well.

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Jamie from Riverside

    Who cares what this know-nothing, harpy has to say (notice I didn't say what she thinks)?

    September 13, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. johnyc

    As long as the parents have a choice, I have no issues with vaccinating for this disease. I would prefer that they went with an "opt-in" instead of an "opt-out" method. Some of you may not agree with the choices other people make, but last I checked this is still the United States of America. We still have a choice and freedom to live our lives.

    And one more thing: Stop posting comments saying Palin is irrelevant every time CNN posts an article on her. It makes no sense to say she's irrelevant, when some of you take time out of your day to post a stupid comment about her.

    September 13, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. V in Chicago

    Oh please, not her again. When will this moron shut up?

    September 13, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. The Other Michael in Houston

    As Glenn pointed out earlier "As GM goes (formerly know as Democrat Class Warfare)", did you watch the debate. Better yet do you even know what they are talking about regarding the HPV vaccination......obvouisly not you idiot, Gov. Perry is they one who made it mandatory, you know, your new Tea Party God, it wasn't lefties, moderates etc, it was the crazy taliban Republican Gov of Texas.......GOT IT MORON! So repeating the lie does not make it true, no mater if you change your name or not.

    September 13, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Jilli

    This vacine stuff is just a tiny part of Perry cronyism. He's nothing but a hog at the trough. Do your research folks and you won't want this clown anywhere near the white house. I'd certainly hate to see him do what he did to TX to the whole country.

    BTW, who actually still cares what Ms Palin thinks? Give it up, quit giving her media attention, she doesn't deserve it.

    September 13, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Peggy - Tx

    So the great one does not like Perry .... hmm. I bet the majority of the racist, nazi , terrorist, middle-class-old-folks-for-making the-rich-even more rich (i.e the Tea Party) like him just fine.

    September 13, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. huxley

    The GOP is rapidly becoming crazy. How can they criticize a measure to innoculate children? They understand that innoculations for children are a good thing, right?

    September 13, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. PrayForRain

    Forcing a young girl to be inoculated for the sole purpose of getting payoff money from a drug company is interesting. Yet the Republicans balk at the healthcare bill that requires everyone to have at least the most basic of care. So which is it? Is Perry wrong because he is getting a kickback, or are the Democrats for doing the same thing? I believe that the $5,000 contrbution estimate was just a tad low given the amount the company is making, so I'll have to give this round to Bush 3.0 aka Perry. But yes, Caaribou Barbie needs to get on the campaign officially, or go back to her RV and shut up.

    September 13, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Lamental Jester

    It's comments like this that make me think that she will run. Why else is she attacking the current GOP frontrunner? Oh, and concerning the shots, parents DO have a choice to opt-out of the shot for their child, although I don't see why they would opt-out, it'll prevent a horrifiying disease, and the shot has no reported side effects. I'm not a Perry supporter, far from it, but I have to support this mandate, disease prevention is very important, and is actually ALOT less expensive than waiting for the person to get the disease and THEN get treatment for it

    September 13, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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