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September 14th, 2011
10:25 PM ET

Keeping them honest: Bachmann's remarks

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper asks if Rep. Michele Bachmann's HPV remarks will sink her presidential bid.


Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Donald Hallock

    Dear Anderson,
    Thanks for the follow-up on Michelle Bachmann's deceptions. And thanks for "Keeping Them Honest." With all the egregious lying in the world of politics, We desperately need efforts like this. My admiration to you for doing this work, and my support for continuing, and even expanding this kind of undertaking. Yours, Don Hallock

    September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Clare

    I'm liberal and have voted Democrat for the past 25 years (I'm 43). I'd be very angry if my state required that I make my kids get this HPV vaccine. It has not existed very long and I have no idea what the long-term consequences are. I didn't get the HPV vaccine and I have no intention of getting it and I'll take my chances that I won't be getting cervical cancer. This is one issue that I think Bachmann is right on, and I think liberals should have the humility to acknowledge that she made a GREAT point. And to be fair to Bachmann, she said that she met a woman who said that her daughter became mentally retarded after getting the vaccine. Michele did not say "getting the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation".

    September 15, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  3. Roselle

    here's a very late response to Bachmann's claim.... I am certainly not a fan of Bachmann, infact I disagree with all of her views until I heard her talk about Gardisil.
    I had a patient who was a healthy, typically developing 13-year old until she received the vaccine. Shortly after that she became very ill and developed Tranverse Myelitis. She is now a quadriplegic, confined in a power wheelchair, requiring 24-hour nursing care....
    So, do I want my daughter to be protected from developing cervical cancer? Certainly, but I will not let her be vaccinated with Gardisil until I get a more definitive proof that these isolated cases were not actually caused by the vaccine. And I certainly would not want my government forcing me to have my child vaccinated.... and this, coming from a registered democrat

    September 15, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  4. Maureen Davies

    My daughter has received the HPV vaccine. It was right for her, but it was my decision with her doctor. I think a state should encourage parents to investigate and get their children inoculated, but no state or federal government should demand it. Michele Bachmann's stance is correct. But EDUCATING parents should be a priority in each local community.

    September 15, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  5. Davanna

    Not a Michelle Bachman supporter by a long shot – but in her defense I have to point out that if a recipient of the HPV vaccine has a sever allergic reaction to the vaccine this reaction could result in brain damage due to oxygen deprivation. So the result of becoming permanently mentally impaired as a result of taking this vaccine is not outside of the realm of possibility. An expert on Anderson's show last night listed anaphylactic shock as having occurred in some patients as a result of receiving the HPV vaccine.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |