Fact Check: Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?
September 13th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Fact Check: Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?

(CNN) - During Monday's CNN/Tea Party debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, claiming in part that his former chief of staff lobbied for the drug maker, and that the company made millions of dollars because of the order.

"I just wanted to add that we cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there is a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate. We can't deny that ... What I'm saying is that it's wrong for a drug company, because the governor's former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company," Bachmann said. "The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong. The question is, is it about life, or was it about millions of dollars and potentially billions for a drug company?"

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, Michele. Two thoughts:

    1. You'll NEVER become President.

    2. You'll NEVER be picked as Vice President. Certainly not by Romney.

    Bachmann might reconsider letting Romney do his own dirty work in taking down Perry. Oh, that's right ... Romney now has Mr. Down and Dirty Timmy Pawlenty ready to grovel for the southern evangelical votes Mitt is too disdainful of to go after himself. Definitely a lot of groveling going on in the Grand Old Party.

    September 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. That is not the reason Perry wanted the HPV vaccine program.......I am in TX, and I know what that actually involved. He did really think it was the best thing to do, to protect young women from developing cervical cancer, in the future.

    That was found to be an overreach of the state government, and the mandate was set aside.

    September 13, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. malabar

    Bachman wants young girls to get cancer. see, everyone can be as overdramatic as she

    September 13, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |