The Implicit Honesty of a Politician

Last night, Rick Perry took a beating for the less popular stances he took in the policy book he published last year. The issue I am singling out, that came up in the debate last night, was how during his tenure as governor of Texas, Perry issued an executive order mandating prepubescent females get the HPV vaccine.

“At the end of the day, this was about trying to stop a cancer,” he said, repeatedly acknowledging he made a mistake. “I am always going to err on the side of life.”

But Bachmann suggested he was also helping out a contributor and his former chief of staff, who was a lobbyist for Merck, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the [only] vaccine Gardasil.

Perry implied that this was ludicrous because Perry raised $30 million  for his gubernatorial campaign, the drug’s manufacturer had only donated $5,000 dollars to his campaign.

“If you’re saying I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended,” Perry said.

Off the cuff like that, Perry quipped a line of such devastatingly honest implications that I fear it sailed right passed our ears without us taking the chance to go… wait what?



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