She went there. In her just released campaign ad, Michele Bachmann officially invoked the term “Perrycare” by saying she opposes, “any governor or president who mandates a family's healthcare choices.”
It’s a reference to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to require the state of Texas to vaccinate 11-year-old girls against a sexual transmitted disease known to cause cancer.
Perry now says he would have gone about it differently and does point out that there was an opt-out clause for parents. Still, Bachmann is on the prowl.
Memo to Rick Perry: The next move is yours. The ball is in your court. Bachmann is a fighter and is playing for keeps.
Anyone who thinks Perry is going to win Iowa hands down might want to rethink that opinion. Evangelicals DEEPLY care about this issue, especially in places like Iowa and South Carolina.
If Perry and Romney is the main fight, I would suggest Bachmann/Perry in Iowa is the undercard boxing match.
Sounds like “Game on” to me.
"Hi, I'm Michele Bachmann. There are many important issues in this presidential campaign – including the role of government, abuse of executive power and crony capitalism. As a mother of three daughters, I believe that parents are the ones who should decide whether or not their young daughters should receive injections for sexually transmitted diseases.
These are decisions that are best left to parents, the children and their doctors and should take into consideration the child's health and the family's values.
Whether its Obamacare or Perrycare, I oppose any governor or president who mandates a family's healthcare choices and violates the rights of parents on these issues - especially if the decision-making process occurs behind closed doors, bypassing legislative action, and favors campaign contributors over families.
That's not right. As President, I'll do what's right for families."
More on Perry and the HPV vaccine story here.