Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?
September 13th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?

Tampa (CNN) - Perhaps it was because Rep. Michele Bachmann was in her element at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate. With her campaign flagging, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress delivered a surprise body blow to the GOP front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Challenging Perry on his 2007 executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations against the sexually transmitted HPV virus, Bachmann suggested the governor acted for purely political reasons.

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  1. malabar

    As opposed to the reasons for her attack hahaha! she just made some right leaning independents sick by her desperate overacting. the Perry camp thanks you. he is looking at the general, she the republican nomination. bachman now has me rooting for Perry, vaccines and their mandates or opt outs are not going to turn this economy around. petty woman

    September 13, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Indy

    Anbody could have taken swipes at Perry and Romney, that was the easy way out. Speaking about viable solutions and credible action plans to help get Americans back to work was barely touched and Bachman did not have one credible answer to solutions, other than she could snap her fingers and fix the economy. It is hilarious to hear commentators say Bachman did well last night when all she did was attack the past, but zero credible answers for the biggest problem in the country which is the economy and jobs. It was made very clear that Presidents and governments are not the job creators so at least they can stop the BSexpress train of blaming the unemployment rate on Obama now lol. All I heard is the same 12 year old failure of giving tax breaks to the wealthy and wait for a job to appear someday,some year.

    September 13, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Jimmy VALENTE

    I'm sorry to say this: Michelle has no chance to win against Obama. I saw the debate yesterday and I can tell that Perry and Romnney were more presidential candidates than Michele. Unstead of hammering the other candidates, she was focusing only on Obama critisizing without giving any plan. Also, to tell you that she wants only the presidency, she didn't at all look at one republican candidate DURING THE WHOLE DEBATE. What the Hell?? Anytime one candidae spoke, she did nit look at or listen to him at all! I never ever saw that in my entire life. When you want to be President of USA, you have to act whith strength, diplomacy, gentlementry, etc, etc.. Sorry, I will not say that Obam witll beat her one thousand times becuase it's true, but if I put only Hillary in Front of her, Michelle will disapear... Sorry Michelle, You have to learn more about the diplomacy and the politic.

    September 13, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Bachmann stuck the knife in, and then pulled it out because she didn't prepare herself to finish him off on a subject that she brought to the table. Her lack of preparation made Perry look good when he replied with his "$5000" response, for which she had no direct response.

    September 13, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Sorensen

    Perry of course, is a total idiot with zero knowledge about anything. Bachman is only slightly better, but also a total joke.
    The GOP is slowly sailing into disaster.As they should be.

    September 13, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Katie

    Personally, I do not know how either of these candidates have advanced thus far. And last night proved that. They both lied through their teeth and caught each other in lies too. The whole debate was a circus. I am truly scared for America if one of those two win or if this tea party charade goes on much longer. I hope it fizzles after this election.

    September 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Lew

    The process of vaccinations may not have been accomplished in a correct way, but if you assume that the vaccine really works as advertised and must be administered prior to exposure to the virus, than who takes responsibility for the cancers that develops in young women as a result of not giving the preventative vaccine?

    September 13, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    I didn't watch the debate. Am curious if any of them touched upon jobs. Ticker articles are limited to ponzi schemes, day after pills, and who did or didn't have a great one liner follow up.

    September 13, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Emerson

    "And if you're saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended," Perry replied.
    I can only be bought for $10,000 and a luxury box at Cowboy games.

    September 13, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Perry, the Judas of American politics: bought and paid for with 30 pieces of silver, all stamped with " lobbyists".

    September 13, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. SecedingfromTexas

    On Perry mandate:
    "The PerryCare executive fiat.................exposed a fundamental lapse in the both political and policy judgments,
    an appalling lack of ethics and a disturbing willingness to smear principled defenders of limited government who
    object to the Nanny State using their children as gunes pigs." -Michelle Malkin, Aug 8,2011-
    Well, now, the far, far right attacking one of their own.

    September 13, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. FM

    This is reason of having debates. Discuss issues, attack (exposing especially shortfalls of candidates ). It helps people know what they were not aware about candidates, hence making their decisions.

    September 13, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. trico

    The American people lost.

    September 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Indy


    Good thing you missed the debate because you would have been very disappointed as it was mostly about social issues and the records of Perry and Romney, they forgot about jobs and the economy exept that tax breaks for the wealthy creates jobs and has worked like a charm for the past decade.Bachmann did go on record to say the economy is easy to fix so all is good.

    September 13, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Not at all. Just more standard attacks on whatever they can find to attack over, when it comes to attacking the front runner. that's just politics as usual.

    September 13, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Please, CNN, make sure that you don't have Sanjay Gupta do any reports about the FACT that HPV is a virus that is not just transmitted by sexual contact, but can be transmitted various other ways. We wouldn't want the public to increase their information and understanding of it. No no...without some people out there thinking that vaccinations for HPV can be equated with sticking 10 year old girls with needles against their will so they can go out and make like rabbits, well, we'd have much less of a controversy to sensationalize...and that would be unacceptable.

    That mandate (with it's opt out provision) was one of the very few correct things Parry did with his power as governor.

    September 13, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. David Ward

    Your debate only focuses on who you have determined as the front runners. TV face time is the whole ball game. Do you really think politicians in general are going to try to change things or protect their millions? Our system is broken because of too much talk and not enough action. When a President is elected, it means the majority like his or her ideas. Thus, a newly elected President should be able to enact their ideas. If the changes don't work out, then we elect someone else. Please tell me more about Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan.

    September 13, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Why was the discussion on jobs so short? The SSI discussion went on for the first half hour, while jobs got less than 10 minutes. The only candidate to offer up an actual jobs plan was Romney. Everyone talked only about taxes. Only Romney did not constrain his jobs plan to adjusting taxes and tax rates.

    September 13, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Maggie

    Bachmann did not wound Perry because he still is the better person to run against Obama. That is why the GOP andidates should hold their criticism against Obama and not against each other. I hope they do not fall into that trap because when the GOP candidate is elected, all of these criticisms will come back to haunt the party's candidate. They should keep their criticism against the failing policies and presidency of Obama. They should keep focussed on Obama because that is who they have to win against in 2012.

    September 13, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    She may have nailed Perry a bit but did nothing to help herself. It seems to me the only person she's helping is Pres Obama. Keep up the good work Michelle.

    September 13, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |