Perry Attacked on HPV Drug Order

Rick Perry, now the solid frontrunner after maintaining his lead following last week's first debate, took heat in the CNN/Tea Party debate Monday for having issued an executive order five years ago forcing the HPV virus on girls in Texas.

Bachmann claimed there was a conflict of interest in Perry’s decision to require teenage girls receive the HPV vaccine because his former chief of staff, Mike Toomey, who now runs the pro-Perry SuperPAC “Make Us Great Again,” was a lobbyist for Merck, the drug company which manufactures the HPV vaccine called Gardasil. 

“I’m a mom and I’m a mom of three children and to have them make 12-year old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat out wrong. That should never be done. That is a violation of a liberty interest,” Rep. Michele Bachmann said.