Rick Perry For Sale?
If you did not watch last night’s GOP debate, you really missed out on some solid entertainment which was no less thrilling than a soap opera. In Florida, Rick Perry implied that he is not for sale, which only reminded me of the tested old axiom—when a politician denies something, then it is time to believe it!
Michele Bachmann charged Perry for his 2007 executive order that would compel Texas schoolgirls to be vaccinated against HPV.
Perry responded, “What was driving me obviously was making a difference in young people's lives, cervical cancer is a terrible way to die.”
But the quintessential Michele Bachmann would not relent, she hinted that the Texas governor was not motivated by the idea of preventing cancer, rather he was paying for the drug's producer, Merck’s favor. “Was this about life? Or was it about millions of dollars and potential billions for a drug company,” she quipped!
Perry responded, “It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them, I raised about $30 million. If you're saying I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended.”
To this, Backmann countered with a statement that she was offended for the school girls of Texas, and thus she stole the thunder from Perry.
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Last night’s debate opened with Rick Perry operating in damage control mode, trying to put a spin on his “shooting from hip” comment on social security, calling it a “Ponzi scheme” and a “miserable failure.” He began with, “First off, the people who are on Social Security today need to understand something: Slam dunk, guaranteed, that program is going to be there in place" for people currently on Social Security.” He also tried to assuage the baby boomers who are approaching retirement, with the comment, “Those individuals that are moving towards being on Social Security, that program's going to be there for them when they arrive there.”