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Rick Perry admits HPV vaccine mandate a mistake
Hotair ^ | 08/15/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/15/2011 10:49:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

As Tim Pawlenty said early in the campaign, if you govern long enough, you’ll have a clunker or two on your record. The key to running for higher office is whether the candidate can acknowledge, explain, and if necessary apologize for them while maintaining credibility. Rick Perry faced that challenge in libertarian-tinged New Hampshire over a mandate he pushed to vaccinate young girls against the HPV virus, a cause of cervical cancer, a mandate that a friendly legislature overturned when Texans balked at the notion. Perry said he made a mistake, and the legislature took the right action:

His third question from the crowd was about an issue that his critics have touched on — his 2007 mandate for girls to get vaccinated against the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus.

“I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”

Perry said he’d invested government resources in cancer cures, adding, “I hate cancer. And this HPV, we were seeing young ladies die at the early age. What we should have done was a program that frankly should have allowed them to opt in, or some type of program like that, but here’s what I learned — when you get too far out in front of the parade they will let you know. And that’s exactly what our legislature did.”

The mandate angered evangelicals and Catholics, who prefer to use abstinence as a method for avoiding STDs. The vaccine itself didn’t present any problems, presumably, but the requirement to immunize young girls against an STD did. Joshua Mercer explained the argument at Catholic Vote in June:

So why would Culture of Life Catholics and evangelicals have a problem with this?

Unlike other public health threats like meningitis, which spreads easily between people in close quarters, the only way a teenager will get HPV is from sexual intercourse. If they abstain, they are in no real danger in getting this virus which causes cervical cancer.

Obviously Merck wants to make a lot of money by making all of our daughters get the $120 shots. And I understand that sexually transmitted diseases have become a pandemic, one that we don’t talk enough about.

But if we force every daughter to get Gardasil, we have lost hope in the ability of our children to say no to hazardous premarital sex.

In effect, the very decision to give your daughter Gardasil tells your daughter: “I know you can’t say no.” This gives her the green light. She’ll think: “After all, Mom and Dad think I’m having sex anyway.”

But having the state mandate this is even worse. You establish a culture where young girls are resigned to becoming a sex object. It’s an assault on the dignity of young women.

Mercer was pleased with Perry’s statement in New Hampshire:

When a voter in New Hampshire confronted Perry on this issue, he gave a great response … Had Rick Perry not addressed this issue, Michelle Bachmann surely would have pounced on it. I’m glad the Texas Legislature overruled Perry. And I’m glad that he calls it a mistake.

Steven Ertelt at Life News notes that pro-life advocates should be pleased with Perry as a candidate regardless:

However, pro-life advocates and conservatives reacted strongly to the mandate and said the only way young girls would get the disease is if they engaged in sexual activity — prompting a call for more promotion of abstinence education, which Perry favors, instead. After the outcry, Perry allowed a bill to become law that the Texas legislature approved to backtrack on the decision, making it so young girls are no longer required to get the vaccine.

Despite the HPV vaccine controversy, Perry has compiled a stellar pro-life record and received A grades from the two top pro-life organizations in the state for signing and promoting numerous pro-life bills and working closely with their to promote life.

I’m not sure that Gardasil would have been a big deal, especially in a general election against Obama, but it’s interesting that Perry acted to defuse it immediately. It’s also interesting that he used the mea culpa strategy, admitting that he used the wrong tactics in addressing a real health issue, and for the record I agree with that assessment. HPV is a serious problem and parents should consider the vaccine carefully, but having a state mandate goes too far. For diseases communicable through respiration or normal physical contact, vaccination requirements make more sense (ie, for measles, mumps, and whooping cough), but HPV has a specific transmission path that is easily avoidable — and young women who don’t want to avoid it can get the vaccination on their own.

What do readers think? Well handled, fumbled, or no big deal in the first place? Take the poll:




TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: captaingardasil; gardasil; hpvvaccine; perry; perry2012; perryrecord; rickperry

1 posted on 08/15/2011 10:49:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow! You mean he didn’t blame anybody else?


2 posted on 08/15/2011 10:53:26 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: SeekAndFind
Rick Perry:

As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated.

The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions.

We must say to everyTexas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers.

That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.


3 posted on 08/15/2011 10:54:23 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: SeekAndFind
his explanation...

"His third question from the crowd was about an issue that his critics have touched on — his 2007 mandate for girls to get vaccinated against the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus.

“I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”

Perry said he’d invested government resources in cancer cures, adding, “I hate cancer. And this HPV, we were seeing young ladies die at the early age. What we should have done was a program that frankly should have allowed them to opt in, or some type of program like that, but here’s what I learned — when you get too far out in front of the parade they will let you know. And that’s exactly what our legislature did...

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61323.html#ixzz1V7VuCs88"


4 posted on 08/15/2011 10:54:50 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (This message carfully checkd to misteakes by powerful softwhere)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think that any politician who instinctively backs a state mandate to have your children vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases should be looked at with suspicion from the gitgo no matter how smooth the mea culpa.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 10:55:06 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Does that quote remind anybody of some other Texas Governor? Hmmmmmmm.


6 posted on 08/15/2011 10:55:28 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”

And Bush was soft on illegal immigration because he had a Mexican nanny. Imbeciles.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: jwalsh07

Even more so, questions should be asked as to how, and I stress how, effective the vaccine is. Even if I were vaccinated against Anthrax, the effectiveness at protecting me would be so low, I might as well not bother changing any attitude I might have at being safe from a mostly fatal biological weapon. I just wonder if there’s a point when you can say a vaccine is so ineffective that it’s not really worth it.


8 posted on 08/15/2011 11:01:48 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: SeekAndFind

This is just the beginning of his apologies and walk-backs. While running, he’s the perfect conservative, while serving he’s George Bush II. Just look at his record.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 11:05:59 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: SeekAndFind

fer later


10 posted on 08/15/2011 11:06:42 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

It was a very big deal for exactly the reasons that he articulated. I am quite happy with the way that he stepped up and accepted full responsibility and also paid his respect to the democratic process (and the ability of the legislature to stop this policy).


11 posted on 08/15/2011 11:08:38 AM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: Republic of Texas

RE: Just look at his record

SPENDING is what concerns me. Bush II, when he was president DID NOT VETO any spending bill ( in fact, never excercised his veto pen in his first term at all ).

For all the talk of Bush being a conservative, he was a BIG SPENDER.

How is Perry’s record in Texas in this area?


12 posted on 08/15/2011 11:10:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rick Perry admits HPV vaccine mandate a mistake.

Sounds Obamaesque.

13 posted on 08/15/2011 11:10:25 AM PDT by McGruff (a Sarah Palin supporter and proud of it.)
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To: McGruff

“Mistakes were made.”


14 posted on 08/15/2011 11:11:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Perry channeling Bush...

We must say to everyTexas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers...

That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate.

Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them.

The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.

15 posted on 08/15/2011 11:15:20 AM PDT by newfreep (I am a "terrorist". I am Sarah Palin!)
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16 posted on 08/15/2011 11:16:16 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Governor in Texas doesn’t have a lot of control over spending. Even less than the President. That’s why many thought Bush was a Conservative. Republicans have controlled half or all of the Legislature for many years. They also only meet every other summer. That is why Texas doesn’t overspend (compared to most other States).


17 posted on 08/15/2011 11:17:38 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: tsowellfan

Not this time. He sure did so when he was not campaigning, however.


18 posted on 08/15/2011 11:19:28 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: SeekAndFind
“I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”

I find this comment acceptable and I am willing to move to other issues.

19 posted on 08/15/2011 11:24:25 AM PDT by frogjerk (Today is already the tomorrow which the bad economist yesterday urged us to ignore. - HAZLITT)
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To: Piranha
accepted full responsibility and also paid his respect to the democratic process (and the ability of the legislature to stop this policy).

That's not how it went down. Texas governors do not have the power to make laws. Our governors are the final signature on bills but they can't vote on a bill, that's the lt. gov.'s duty. The lt. gov. is the one with the power and is the workhorse. The citizens of Texas hollered and screamed so loud to our legislature that the Texas legislature said no.

Guess who hired Perry's Chief of Staff Toomey to be their lobbyist? It was Gardasil's Merck. Coincidence?

FYI, Perry's new revised toned down Gardasil program is alive and well and is being paid for by Texas taxpayers. It is shipped to public schools and the school nurses send out notices that it's "free".

20 posted on 08/15/2011 11:37:41 AM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: SeekAndFind
For all the talk of Bush being a conservative, he was a BIG SPENDER.

How is Perry’s record in Texas in this area?

From 2001 to 2010 (Perry's term as governor), Texas has mantained a position as the 4th lowest in state spending as a percentage of state GDP. During that time, state spending only increased 1.5% as a percentage of GDP (.15% per year)- the national average increase for all states during that period was 2%. (By way of contrast, Alaska's spending as a percentage of GDP during the 3 years of Sarah's administration went up by 1.9% or 0.6% per year. Alaska also had the highest spending to GDP ratio in the country for the entire decade.)

During that same 10 year period, Texas went from having the 8th lowest state debt to GDP ratio to having the 2nd lowest state debt to GDP ratio in the country. (Alaska has the 3rd highest debt to GDP ratio in the country, including during Palin's term in office.)

Does that help. (BTW, I only incude the Alaska data becuase some have been trying to claim that Sarah had a better record on spending and debt than Perry.)

21 posted on 08/15/2011 11:41:18 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

I want to hear him denounce the Trans-Texas Corridor and associated foreign-run toll roads that he champions.

And explain his veto of the eminent domain reform bill. It took years and too much political pressure to get that West Texas farm boy to do what was right.

Even the Farm Bureau refused to endorse his last run.

But I will vote for Perry over Obama.


22 posted on 08/15/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT by Jedidah (I'll vote for an earthworm before I'll vote for Obama. So wiggle on in, Rick Perry.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I have to give him credit for that. It is more of an admission than we are ever likely to hear from Romney on his health care bill.

If Perry would now lay out a full accounting of every penny that Merck ever put into any of his campaigns I might feel better about him.


23 posted on 08/15/2011 11:54:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: onyx; Fiddlstix; RedMDer; Lady Jag; The Cajun; tubebender; musicman; trisham; DJ MacWoW; ...

“I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”


24 posted on 08/15/2011 12:23:23 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

hey - the same could be said for the light bulb ban and dozens of other little things like McCain Feingold - opps I made a mistake, look what it cost the avergae Joe.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 12:24:37 PM PDT by q_an_a (uues)
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To: All
For those who want to just read what Gov. Perry said without all the "interpretation."

Aug 15, 2011: Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision

26 posted on 08/15/2011 12:27:06 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow, you’re very busy on Free Republic today, trying to explain away all Perry’s betrayals of conservative principles. ;-)


27 posted on 08/15/2011 12:30:22 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: Republic of Texas

>>This is just the beginning of his apologies and walk-backs. While running, he’s the perfect conservative, while serving he’s George Bush II. Just look at his record.<<

Exactly. “Don’t pay any attention to my record. Those were all honest mistakes.”


28 posted on 08/15/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

He hates cancer so that’s the reason why the government should force people to take a vaccine? If that’s the way he thinks then no thanks. Smoking causes cancer. So does almost everything else. I’m a son and I have members of my family who didn’t survive cancer. So my grief and pain gives me a right to force something on others?


29 posted on 08/15/2011 12:48:19 PM PDT by HectorOne
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Perry’s not perfect, but he’s probably our best candidate. Bachmann has a better conservative heart, but the media will decimate her credibility, and electability is an important factor. Spare me the straight-arrow line, because an imperfect conservative is better than Obama.

Perry made the voter id bill here an emergency item in the past session. It passed, and now have a voter id bill.


30 posted on 08/15/2011 5:10:27 PM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: Flightdeck

>>Spare me the straight-arrow line, because an imperfect conservative is better than Obama.<<

Spare me THAT. I will vote for anybody but Obama. But if you think I am going to conceal the truth about any candidate...forget it. Not gonna happen.

It’s called “vetting the candidate.” Get used to it. ;-)


31 posted on 08/15/2011 6:01:45 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: SeekAndFind
I was not aware of Perry when he was in the Texas legislature but I have heard him called “the pitt bull” because of aggressively pursuing spending cuts.
32 posted on 08/15/2011 6:09:09 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

“Wow, you’re very busy on Free Republic today, trying to explain away all Perry’s betrayals of conservative principles.”

Give her a break, it’s really, really, tough work.


33 posted on 08/15/2011 6:48:52 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: HectorOne

“He hates cancer so that’s the reason why the government should force people to take a vaccine? If that’s the way he thinks then no thanks. Smoking causes cancer.”

Yea, and then why not force birth control on these little girls? After all, having sex can also get them pregnant.

(the libs HATE when I say that)


34 posted on 08/15/2011 6:50:19 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Signed a bill without reading the details?!?!?! Where the hell have I heard THAT before?

Just what we need in the White House, again.

I'm sure he didn't mind that $6,000 campaign contribution from Merck though.

35 posted on 08/15/2011 6:55:52 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: McGruff

Not reading about it sounds more like Obama. Knee jerk nanny staters..


36 posted on 08/15/2011 6:56:57 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
How and the heck else to you interpret 'I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry'???

Oh, I know. Tell me if you heard this one before: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”~ Nancy Pelosi.

His penchant for knee jerk nanny state reactions is extremely troubling.

37 posted on 08/15/2011 7:00:56 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This just in:

Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

38 posted on 08/15/2011 8:56:47 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: SeekAndFind

The mere fact that he ever thought such a mandate was a good thing says he is still a Democrat. Obama thinks mandatory health care, too, it a good thing. Birds of a feather.


39 posted on 08/16/2011 12:31:08 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: BobL
I'm sure they do. Because if the libs had their way they would be able to force birth control on any person they choose. India and China have practiced forced sterilization
40 posted on 08/17/2011 6:48:44 PM PDT by HectorOne
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