Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) went after Rick Perry during last night's GOP debate for his 2007 executive order mandating that young girls in Texas be vaccinated against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease and one that can lead to cervical cancer.
"To have innocent little 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's a violation of a liberty interest," she said. Bachmann joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the debate and her attack on Perry. She also argued that Perry had a conflict-of-interest because one of his top staffers was a lobbyist for Merck, the drug company that manufactured the vaccine.
“Perry himself admitted it was a mistake and now the circumstances behind this that his chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck.” Bachmann was pleased with the outcome of the debate. “I think it was handled fairly and professional ly. I think we’re beginning to see the layers peel off and people are beginning to find out who has been the consistent conservative in the race,” Bachmann added.