"We cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there is a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate," she said. "The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company. The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong."
“The company was Merck, and it was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them,” Perry responded. “I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”
"Well, I’m offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn’t have a choice," Bachmann retorted.
For her part, Bachmann has raised about $146,400 from the pharmaceutical industry over her career in federal politics. This ranks the pharmaceutical and health products industry as her No. 15 career campaign contributor, according to the Center’s research. None of that money has come from Merck, the maker of the Gardasil HPV vaccine. And so far during her 2012 presidential bid, Bachmann has raised $10,200 from the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Center’s research.
Did you get that, Holy Rollers? Bachmann is a hypocrite.
I’ll tell you what is offensive, Mrs. Bachmann: I’m offended by the notion that all of the concerned parents that you allege to represent would give a damn about any other daughter besides their own. To start off, it’s a flip of a coin that your acolytes truly do know better than their children versus being controlling and suppressive parents. What I’m surer about is that as religious as they are, your acolytes do piss little for daughters who are not their own.
You and your acolytes, Mrs. Bachmann, refuse to see that juveniles and anyone who does have sex can and will have sex for the wrong reasons — some of these people will be in your congregations and parishes; most will not, they will be far from you physically and be untouched by your saccharine concern. Few of you and yours have the character and the commitment to make a lasting positive difference in their lives because you are more religious than spiritual. These acts can lead to sexual transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies — these are situations that one cannot pray away. You and yours cannot force the people who find themselves infected and pregnant to be prayerful about the misfortune they have brought upon themselves. You and your acolytes don’t stop there: all of you want to address this situation as theocrats, not citizens.
It is offensive that you, Mrs. Bachmann, would penalize a young girl for not being chaste with leaving her vulnerable to a cancer that could leave her sterile if it doesn’t kill her because you put personal religious convictions ahead of your oath of office. Maybe you’re sore that you didn’t get any of that Merck money. I’m glad I don’t live in Iran where clerics actually make laws, I’m glad that I’m not subjected to the tyrannies of Taliban that want to impose Sharia law on me and this nation would rue the day that it forgets its roots, it’s patrimony and chooses to elect the likes of you, a theocrat, to any constitutional office in any jurisdiction again.
“CHUCK TODD: Reading your book, Governor, to me it’s pretty obvious you’re thinking about running for president. You have a couple of fun little winks and nods at New Hampshire in there and about the fact that it’s a no-tax state. So let me ask you this. What is your timeline for making the decision about whether or not to run for — for president in 2012?
RICK PERRY (2010): I wouldn’t have written that book if I was going to run for the presidency of the United States.”
Governor, may I suggest you use this song as your campaign theme?
I’m sure Mr. Rollins would be flattered.