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. Dave

    Let me be clear here, I do not like Perry and would never vote for him. But, signing that law was the one thing he did that I agreed with. Why is that so much worse than State and/or Federal mandates for other vaccines? Please, this is just more BS religious crusading. Period.

    September 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. ted

    As they say, Sarah, defecate or decommode regarding running for president. Stop playing the sidelines, jump in the ring

    September 13, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Carol

    Palin is the ultimate mistake in this lineup. She makes more mistakes and twists the facts more than anyone!

    September 13, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Dave

    P.S. those girls and their parents have a choice. They can opt out. So all your arguments are dead. Go back to school.

    September 13, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Steve

    I feel so bad for the liberals in here. Poor things don't know who to defend or what to do. They rushed to the praise of Barbara Bush, Karl Rove, and Kathleen Parker when they attacked Palin. Now, Perry is the frontrunner, Obama is barely hanging onto 40% approval, and some of them are defending what Perry did and some are defending Sarah. They don't know what to do.

    Little do they know Sarah has led them by the collar for three years and now she's closed the gate and is merely letting them play off their leash for a while.

    September 13, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Lee Tutt

    Hold on everyone, have you notice that Sarah Palin has AWAYS had something to say "good or bad" when one of the other candidate makes a statement, But did I miss somthing? Mrs. Palin has offically declare she is running for office or just running her mouth. Sarah Palin can't form her own opinion to save her life but her she is the master of taken someone else statement for her own use. Hey Sarah what are you waiting for "Can't stomp with the BIG DOGS"

    September 13, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Wondum Brawd

    Unless she's actually participating in the debate, she should keep her cowardly mouth shut.
    Her strategy is to sit back and let the others damage each other while keeping her obvious shortcomings out of the limelight. If she thinks she can enter in the 11th hour as some sort of savior she is sadly mistaken - par for the course for the quitter. Neither Mitt nor Rick quit, Palin.

    September 13, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Founders 1791

    CNN – Sarah Palin – Blog Posters – Analysis for this Article

    0% are about "actual issues" that Sarah has specifically written and spoken about in just the last month, despite "all" have been reviewed in the major publications and news sources: NYTimes, LATimes, Washington Post, CNN, CBS, etc.

    2% are unintelligible rants hard to follow the purpose of the poster

    3% are Positive (when allowed by CNN censors/moderators) about her views on issues and values. What everyone “should be” talking about.

    10% are statements of "abject denial" that "borders on delusion” about simple facts regarding her political positions and and how long she has been doing them.

    20% are Claims she doesn't know what she's talking about (even though the article is about what she is famous for, exposing crony criminal capitalist and government officials in her own party)

    25% are desirous of taking away Palins 1st Amendment Rights and flat out Censorship with calls for her to shut up, etc..

    40% are garden variety teenage Adolescent insults

    The is par for the course in 90% of all Liberal Media websites like CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, "all" printed papers, "all" but 1 TV sources.

    September 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Craig from Pa.

    I got your big gun right here Sarah

    September 13, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. John

    Just like Saran Palin the only time that she say anything Is when they give her something to Complain about, but you never heard of her Idea. Because she don't have anything. The best thing for this woman to do Is just keep her mouth close at all time and just go away. Far ,Far , Far away.

    September 13, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Alex in Wisconsin

    Personally, I think a clear distinction needs to be made. I think government should step in on medical cases where contagion is an issue. If parents want to let their kids eat asbetos, the federal government shouldn't interfere. The Local Government on the other hand should put that kid into foster care and arrest the parents.

    If diseases can be spread, the state and federal government has the responsibility to step in and protect the nation from irresponsible people and businesses. It's a matter of national security, not any different than if terrorists unleashed a plague that spread from person to person.(I really hope nobody is stupid enough to suggest getting a terminal disease is better than having the same disease spread by violent extremist.)

    On the other hand, if it's not communicable and won't spread via contact with others, the state and federal government should just let those people deal with the natural consequences of their own actions. Of course at the local level, it might do well to protect children from bad parents.

    Thats my word, take it or leave it. If you value life, obviously you should support any government body that tries to keep children alive. if you value liberty and your freedom to choose, then i guess you can complain all you want. If you claim to value both, then you need to figure out which one takes precedent over the other and stick to your guns. principles aren't principles if you change them on a case to case basis.

    September 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Debbie

    CNN why do you report what Palin says? Nobody cares what she thinks. It is a waste of typing and web page space. You give her more coverage than Fox News. What's up with that?

    September 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Global Economy

    More narcissistic rage. This woman can't get enough attention. She decides to not attend, and now she's mad because other people were getting attention when she wasn't.

    September 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Mike

    Why doesn't Palin have her wedding ring on?

    September 13, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. sf

    cracks me up when i see posts/comments from right wingers calling us lefties "loons"....take a look in the mirror, you tea partiers and republicans are the biggest nut jobs ON THE PLANET..and i'm including Al Qaeda!

    September 13, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Someone needs to let Jaberwocky Barbie know that the saying is "put your money where your mouth is" NOT "run your mouth where the money is."

    September 13, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. volksmaniac

    You can say what you're gonna say about Sarah Palin , but she is absolutely gorgeous . And so is Michelle Bachman . I envy both of their husbands , I mean I am virtually green . Plus they are both smarter than the average liberal .

    September 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Jaywing

    Exactly why, CNN, do you continue to cover a non-candidate - especially one who has a long history of lies, distortions and outright stupidty? Sarah Palin's opinion is utterly useless. She is a mouthpiece only for her own aggrandizement and profit. She'll say anything, misquote anything, twist anything, for a price. She's anti-science, anti-history, anti-consitiution, anti-poor, anti-unemployed, anti-destitute. She, along with most of the Teabagger crowd would prefer America and most Americans fail, than prosper. She has put the big zero in NO!

    September 13, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. leo

    So how come Palin and her dumb cronies are up in arms over a vaccine for HPV which can cause cervicle cancer, but aren't up in arms over circumcism? It's ok to butcher a babies penis but not ok to give a child a drug that will help prevent cancer? Seriously?

    September 13, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. wgf

    It's the beginning of the end for Sarah. By the end of the month she will have to decide whether to run for POTUS. If she doesn't run, she becomes irrelevant, and no amount of yelling "look at me" will change that. If she does run, she'll get eaten alive. Either way, she's on the bus to Dan Quayle territory.

    September 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Linton

    Quote: "And they will try to destroy you, when you call them out on the mistakes that they have made."

    Or, you could be like Sarah – and just say: "That's GOTTCHA' journlaism!" – right quitter pants?

    BTW – As GM goes......i can tell you've NEVER adopted an unwanted baby – so just sit down and be quiet....right next to the other hypocrites screaming about babies being aborted – but then whine when asked to help provide helath care for them.....you should be so proud of yourself!

    September 13, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. furious styles

    Coming from a woman who had women pay for their own rape kits back in Alaska...Just Wonderful!

    September 13, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Paul Willson

    Ms PAlin get in the race or shut up. As for the action of Gov.Perry he saw a way to prevent a problem. Right solution probably not but he tried .

    September 13, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Rick in AZ

    She's just angry because she didn't think of this scam when she was Governor of Alaska!

    September 13, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. What?!!?

    "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.

    I don't have a palinese translator nearby, but is she saying that she just likes jerkin' people around?

    September 13, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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