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. enough of lies

    why the in fighting, we have a common goal and the kids are fighting, get a grip and play against obama not against yourselves and why not ask bachman about her connection with gays and why not ask palin about hmmmm playing around, maybe the nuts dont fall far from the trees.

    September 13, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. volksmaniac

    comments are not pre-screened before they post ?

    September 13, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    I have to agree with her on this one – and no, lightning didn't strike me. Perry's actions were well paid for first of all, since the word is it wasn't $5,000, it was $30,000. But this goes even deeper. It's the perfect example of Republicans preaching smaller government yet wanting to be in your bedrooms and doctors' offices. The hypocrisy is stunning.

    September 13, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Expat American

    Sarah , are you going to bark little dog (and hide behind facebook like a coward), or are you going to bite (actually announce your candidacy and be held accountable for what you say).
    Sarah Palin keeps taking money away from the bigot white trash who support her.

    September 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Leola

    Here comes Palin again,she always jumps on the band wagon after it starts rolling.let Bachmann have her moment. She is righta bout that,let her shine for a moment Palin.I bet shes gonna try to steal that point from Bachmann.Just go away.Demms will be ready for who every runs.And another thing I'm sick of the good old boy from Georgia big mouth G. (The cheater)

    September 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. CPW

    Ive said it before and Ill say it again. Palin is the groupie. She follows the candidates around and takes shots when everyone else does. Either throw your hat in the ring or go away.

    September 13, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Steve

    There should be a state mandated vacine against Sarah Palin & her political ilk.

    September 13, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. EffortPA

    I didn't care much about Perry before, but now that Palin doesn't like him, I am starting to have second thoughts. The way I see it, if you do the opposite of what Sarah would do, you would be right about 90% of the time. Her opinion is really important to me, it really helps narrow down my choices.

    September 13, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Gotta Be Kiddin

    So you should be able to have a choice about a shot but not a choice about a pregnancy?!?!?!?

    September 13, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Now this is a joke!

    ONE MORON supporting ANOTHER MORON! Palin supporting Bachmann!

    September 13, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Kate in NJ

    Palin won't ever make it as a candidate as she is too abrasive and over the top. As much as I dislike her, she seems to have found her true calling at being a thorn in the side of many other candidates. She does provoke questions and issues, but rarely offers any productive suggestions or solution.

    September 13, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. David

    It is not necessarily a religous reason to not want this HPV vaccine. It is big government forcing something and in bed with Big Pharma. This so called vaccine is really another poison. And I love the ones that stand behind the opt-out. They make it hard as hades to do and try to show up at your childs school and give without any kind of consent.

    September 13, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Byrd

    First, read the headline again: So, the big guns have been Pressed into the hands of the Pale Rider. Good. I travel much lighter. My aim is true.


    September 13, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Ian

    I honestly don't know what to think about this. On one hand, the vaccines are great. But then you have the money issue. But earlier the candidates were saying we need to give American companies (i.e. Merck) more money to boost the economy. The two women are against HPV vaccines, the man is for them, and they're all anti-science.

    Let's just go ahead and say they've all lost credibility.

    September 13, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. David Cincinnati

    Perry did say that the religious could opt out, but Bachmann ignored this. Maybe she believed that the homeopaths should also be able to opt? Oh I forgot, homeopathy IS a religion.

    September 13, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Anne

    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.

    This says it all – it's so easy for her this way, no confrontation, no "gotcha's". very cowardly. AND egotistical!!!

    September 13, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. El Pancho

    Palin said she's "getting a kick out of" staying in the spotlight....hmmm...Can someone please tell this idiot that she is indeed in the spotlight? Geez!

    September 13, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Peter

    Why is Sarah DITHERING ?

    September 13, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Florida Democrat

    It is so rediculous that some who is taking contributions for fake run for the office of President would dare comment on politcal corruption.

    Sarah Palin will not run. If she ran then she would have to open up the financial records to public review. It is more profitable for her to say she has not decided to run yet.

    What is taking her so long to make a decision.

    To all those that are still sending money something good with that money donate it to a responsible charity

    September 13, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Don't have a choice?

    can someone explain to me how you can oppose not dying a slow painful death from cancer is restricted by mainstream religion? i know theists are all wacky funsters void of any common sense, but i still want to give them a little more credit than that.

    September 13, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Mr. Marcus

    There is not much "rack" there. It is padding so let's not EVEN give her attention for that. I did notice the Penthouse key though. Aren't there any hot & SMART chicks out there?

    September 13, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "You can say what you're gonna say about Sarah Palin , but she is absolutely gorgeous . And so is Michelle Bachman ."

    They'd be hawt if they were nice. As it is, their fundamentalist, rigid ideological conservative anti-altruism greed-is-good nincompoopery does more to make them ugly than would a sledgehammer to the face.

    September 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. w w

    Perry and the other candidates have the professionalism to show up and speak in person, while Sarah hides in a radio studio and picks out vaccines to gripe about? I'd like to hit back with some tough questions of my own, "Where is her wedding ring?" and "Where were she and Bristol during sex ed class?" (which is also state mandated) Sarah provokes problems.

    September 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. tommyboy

    Palin sets the daily narrative. Perry is proud of killing 235 Texans. Perry can't be bought for only $5,000. Bachman and Perry think that global waming and evolution do not exist. Perry, Bachman and Romney wants to privatize SS and eliminate Medicare as we know it. Is this really the political dialogue in America? This is unbelievable how far from reality the rethugs have gone. Thankfully we have Barack to lead this country for another five years. Now if we could get rid of Cantor, McConnell, and Boehner we might be able to get this country headed in the right direction.

    September 13, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Founders 1791

    The level of discourse in these posts is atrocious. For those of you who claim to be "educated liberals" that believe everyone else is just an idiot redneck, your prose and insights simply do not exist in the comments posted today...or most of the time.

    (1) Sarah Palin IS NOT GOING AWAY. She was the Vice Presidential Candidate last go around and her supporters LOVE HER. Sarah Palin and John McCain WON 60,000,000 VOTES in that election and 'delude yourself" from the facts of her huge positive impact to that contest for Republicans that still exists today.

    (2) Sarah Palin IS a former MAYOR, GOVERNOR, 20 YEAR BUSINESS OWNER, and VERY SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNER during the 2010 Midterms. She is tough, honest, and caring in a way no one else is. Watch her work a crowd and compare with everyone...especially Obumbles.

    (3) Sarah Palin DESPITE HER LOOKS, has the most MODERN and COHESIVE MESSAGE in American Politics today, if you could at least focus less on her body and more on her comments . READ what she has written and said in the last month alone and nearly "all your specific issues and complaints on details" are addressed there. Choose to be ignorant and ignore them.

    Sarah Palin has proven, time and again, to be electrifying beyond all the other candidates combined. She has spent nothing to consistently be ranked 3rd in ALL polls, and 1st and 2nd in others; California and North Carolina to name a few. She has spent NOTHING compared to all the rest. They have spent MILLIONS and will suffer a serious punch in the wallet the day she declares because she will suck up the oxygen from "all the candidates" due to the reality that she "is a Republican Rock Star Conservative"

    She has a message that affects BOTH PARTIES and ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS.......the system is rigged by both parties.

    September 13, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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