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Bachmann Steps Up Attack On Perry Healthcare

Saturday, 17 Sep 2011 10:20 AM

By Gary Cohen

Michele Bachmann continues her assault on Texas Governor Rick Perry's record on healthcare in a new video message. In the video released yesterday, Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn, vying for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination along with Perry and six other candidates, says she is against anyone "who mandates a family's healthcare choices."

bachmann perry healthcareBachmann is going after Perry for issuing an executive order in 2007 in Texas mandating teenage girls in his state receive a vaccine for the HVP virus. It is a virus considered to be the leading cause of cervical cancer. Bachmann claims Perry's actions regarding the vaccine were based on campaign contributions from Merck, the maker of the drug. The Texas governor denies that claim. The executive order was never implemented.

Bachmann's video accuses Perry of being involved in a "decision making process made behind closed doors, bypassing legislative action and favoring campaign contributors over the rights of families."

Bachmann herself is being criticized on the issue for having said the vaccine leads to cognitive disorders. She says a Minnesota woman claims her daughter developed mental retardation after being administered the vaccine. The Bachmann comment has resulted in two bioethicists offering money to the woman if the claim can be backed up.

In the early part of the week, Bachmann's former campaign manager Ed Rollins said on MSNBC said of the White House hopeful "It would have been better if she stayed on the issue" about Perry's executive order instead of getting on the path she took based on what she heard from the Minnesota woman.

Bachmann started on the health care attack trail earlier this week during the lates Republican presidential debate held in Tampa, Florida. The attack drew applause from the audience and sent Perry on the defensive.

The attack had the effect of breaking up the seemingly one-on-one debate Perry had been having with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at this latest debate and the previous one at the Reagan Presidential Library in California a week earlier. The California marked Perry's first splash in the debate pool. The next GOP debate is on Thursday in Orlando, Florida.

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