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HPV Controversy take two: Join the Live Chat
September 14th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

HPV Controversy take two: Join the Live Chat

Michele Bachmann is still under fire for her claim that the HPV vaccine could cause, in her words, mental retardation. We'll talk to a former Bachmann staffer about his time working with her and why her constant stretching of the truth led him to step down.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

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3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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  1. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I take it that the wax is special treated and that it is not made from wax which candles are made!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  2. Nina

    Good Night Everyone, 360 staff and Anderson.

    Excellent and informational program as usual

    Just love the Ridiculist

    September 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    Congratulations on your wax figure, Anderson!–it's amazing. I've seen it all over the internet today.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  4. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360 – diversified program tonight!

    Good night fellow writers, i wish you All a safe & peaceful tomorrow.

    I truly hope that the Iranians let the two hikers go home!

    I continue to add Syria to my prayers every day. May God bless them and may they obtain the Freedom they so truly deserve. Also, may Bashar et al receive the punishment they so richly deserve for their brutal and inhumane treatment of their Own people!

    Looking forwar, as always to the Ridiculous. Saw the wax model earlier – ;looked pretty good. I have been to Madame Tusands (sp) museum as a child. Absolutely amazing was reproductions! Is that where Anderson's model will be?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Kaytee

    Good for you Anderson. I totally agree, I don't want to know anything about them!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    that wax figure is absolutely priceless. when i think about wax figures, i sometimes picture them with huge wicks at the top of their heads and think of them as life-sized candles. is that morbid?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Anderson, the wax figure looks more like you than you do!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Mr. Davis' life is at stake.

    Why can't time be taken to truly investigate this crime. If witnesses and jurors are writing in, to the court, changing their minds, i truly don't understand WHY there is such a rush to kill him. This make NO sense, except the prosecutor & the last Judge decided Mr. Davis was guilty, even in the face of new info.

    Great report by Gary T., as always.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      I absolutely agree Starr. It would not hurt to formally take a second look.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Carla

      Cant the govener pardon him or stay the execution? I could be wrong and watched just one too many movies. But if it is this questionable – time for the politician to step up and use some of the powers we have given them to make things right.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    I don’t like death penalty simple I seen Texas story here innocent man executed

    September 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The witnesses step up to recanted. Stop the death penalty!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • Cathy

      I agree. I see no reason for the death penalty.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  11. Kaytee

    I'm really not sure who is worse, Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  12. Nina

    Tragic that 7 of the 9 eye witnesses were cohered into lying under oath! Eye witness has never been very accurate. Check out Elizabeth Loftus.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Open up the case. Don't be so in a hurry to give someone the death penalty!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    I like all the comments posted here

    China and India investing in invention and every days their governments bailouts private sectors they set their goals what for 2020, 2030 ,2040 their economy is growing with high population

    Here bailout or stimulus bad word

    September 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They are not sure that he is the man who committed the crime!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  16. Paula, Colorado

    Glad to hear Gumby surrendered.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  17. BettyAnn,TX

    YaY!!!!!!!!!! Sarah is free! Born Free! Aww so sweet! Thanks for that!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    isha – the question is not "who is gumby", but rather ... "where is pokey" !! 🙂

    September 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Good point lisal! Pokey is my favorite!

      /Also Loved the shot of the turtle, may she live on in peace – no more speart to the head!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  19. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    How stupid does Bashar think the World is??!

    God bless the man on the phone. His courage is more than inspiring. I am glad to know that the fight for Syrian freedom continues.

    I also hope, the global community finds REAL ways to deal with Bashar and get him out of the country! I also hope the Syrian troops loyal to Bashar will lay down their arms and join their brothers & sisters!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  20. lisal -canada

    the lessons of "turn the other cheek" and "forgiveness" are beautiful, but idealistic – there ARE some things which are unforgivable, and there ARE some situations where passivity is desired, but too dangerous

    September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Happy to hear “Ameer” confidence

    September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  22. BettyAnn,TX

    Yikes! That is so graphic! A tortortous death. What causes man to hate? I will never understand. What a waste of life. 🙁 Thanks Amir for taking such a risk !

    September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      I agree BettyAnn. I have never been able to understand human's hate for eachother.

      I often wonder if women ran the world if they would let their children go to war?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    There is no freedom without speaking out, and it must be a loud cry!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  24. Lori - CA

    I have to leave early.
    Good night Anderson. Sweet dreams. Good night Everyone.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    I think the panel was right. Not enough information yet. But at this stage of the game in Washington, EVERYTHING is partisan and political. You can bet there are people whose only job is to find something, anything that might reflect badly on the president. We haven't even begun to experience this. Wait until the campaigns really get going.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Cathy

      In the spirit of full disclosure, I would say we are doing the same thing to every potential Republican candidate. And I think we did the same thing to every previous president; don't recall any one of them being exempt.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Nina

        I don't recall any other president's birth certificate being in question for years! As if the FBI and OSI cannot do their job!

        September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
        • Cathy

          Military records have been questioned. Some just don't care for any Republican and that's certainly their choice. As an independent, I just think there's plenty of blame to go around.

          September 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
        • Sharon Hastings

          Yes Nina, or doubting his religious convictions, or calling him a Muslim, an extremist, a socialist, and on and on. Yes, both sides will always looks for something to "reveal" to the people about a particular candidate, but in my whole life experience I have NEVER seen any person, particularly an elected President of the United States be so attacked and maligned as Barack Obama.

          September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
          • Cathy

            Those who have supported Obama feel that way. Those who supported Bush would probably say the same about him.

            September 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
          • Nina

            Agreed Sharon! All politicians are attacked, that is the nature of the business. But no one has ever had this level of attacks, many of them very personal. His citizenship, his religion, etc. I think its horrific and embarrassing.

            September 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
            • Cathy

              I would say that about Bush as well.

              September 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  26. Lori -PA

    It's time for Michele Bachmann to be "voted off the island".

    September 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  27. Ellie Mae

    Has anyone questioned the Mom that made these claims? If you look beyond Merck and the CDC there are claims out there about adverse reactions to this vaccine. My daughter has friends that have had bad reactions to it. She chose not to have it at this time. She has bad reactions to the sun and has a rare skin condition, she decided that she didn't want to take that chance. She is not sexually active. Yes I do talk to her about that! I find it crazy that we are asked to vaccinate our 9-12 year olds for a sexually transmitted disease. Yes I know there are kids out there that have sex that young, but really, 9 years old. That is offensive to me!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Cathy

      The objective is to vaccinate them prior to becoming sexually active. If they have already had sex, the vaccine will not protect them against the HPV viruses responsible for cancer that they may already have.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
      • Nina

        What is not known, vaccinations can cause complications later on in life if one has immune suppression or problems..

        September 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
        • Cathy

          No one was forced to take the vaccine in Texas or anywhere. There is always an opt out. The CDC and medical associations all feel the benefit of vaccines far, far outweigh the risks. In reality there are very few risks.

          September 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
          • Nina

            Search it out. All vaccines can create problems later in life if your immune system is suppressed. It is not well known for many reasons which I cannot go into here.

            September 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  28. lisal -canada

    this seems to be a bit of a political conundrum for both the republicans AND the democrats, doesn't it?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  29. Gretchen

    If the government wasnt in the "business "of the private sector,the auto industry would be gone and so would all the banks,so why was it okay for the government to bail out wall street ,but the government can't provide loans for small business,go figure.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      I agree

      September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Nina

      The Bank bail out was TARP from Bush

      Bailing out small business is Obama

      Need I say any more?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Cathy

        Bailing out the auto industry had as much to do with Obama as Bush. Both approved TARP and it was the right thing to prevent devastating financial problems for all of us.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Cathy

      Most of TARP has been repaid with interest.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
      • Nina

        Not by the banks

        September 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
        • Cathy

          Yes, by the banks and with interest.

          September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
        • vic , nashville ,tn

          Yes with very low interest rate almost zero you and me can’t get that interest rate

          September 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  30. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    This is an unfortunate black-eye for Obama's Administration.

    Although there may be other reasons for this company to receive funds, i'm sure that pushing "green" energy was one reasons.

    Much more investigation appears to be the key here. Let us remember, Pres. Obama did not push this personally.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  31. Lori - CA

    I really do not understand why Congress can be so wrong, so often and still keep representing us? How can we put an end to this?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      I know it takes time that probably many of us don't have, but Writing to your rep & 2 sen.s is the only other option i know of. You can also write to heads of committees, the Speaker, the Rep. & Dem. leaders. And, we all need to write Often to stay on top of them, make them accountable!
      After that, the ballot box!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
      • Lori - CA

        We need to do this.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  32. Lori - CA

    This makes our administration look very irresponsible

    September 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  33. BettyAnn,TX

    The way the candidates lie and call each other out on their lies makes voters who either believe their lies or makes us not believe them at all. Politicians make me sick

    September 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  34. vic , nashville ,tn

    500 million gone So real loser here us

    September 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  35. Gretchen

    Did I hear that right? did the loan start under President Bush,so they approved it under Bush and then the Obama administration pushed it thriugh? so how can this just fall on Obama?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Cathy

      I don't think that is correct. It was pushed through by the Obama administration as they wanted it done prior to Biden making a speech the following week.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  36. Chris

    A large investor in Solardyne was also a large contributor of President Obama. It would be interesting to see an outline of where all the stimulus money went and the outcomes.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  37. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Any responsible parent would learn All that they could about Any vaccine suggested for their child. Parents should also have a responsible discussion with their Pediatrician.
    Hopefully, after gaining all of information that they could, the child would be given the appropriate vacinations.

    Unfortunately, there are parents out there who will listen to Ms. Bachman and will not Trust anyother source. She really does need to inform the public that she was mistaken on the side effects of this particular vaccine.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • BettyAnn,TX

      Amen Starr! These politicians who speak up and make people fear are ridiculous. People need to think for themselves! Shame on them for scaring people to advance their own career. Shame Shame!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  38. Paula, Colorado

    It's difficult to listen to Michele Bachmann with an open mind–her error-laden statements overshadow everything she says.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  39. Gretchen

    Anderson,Michele Bachmann has been tossed away.As soon as Rick Perry came in she was no longer the tea party darling.Also Rick Perry seems to be the darling of the moment even though he wrote all that inflammatory speech in his book and he also have a case of diarrhea of the mouth.It really appears right now that Rick Perry has been standing on his word as though his word has been the truth,and he's not truthful.I hope that in fact chacking what everyone is saying please do it evenly and fairly.,Thank You

    September 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  40. Lori - CA

    I agree with David Gergen.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  41. Nina

    What about Rick Perry’s ‘Washington Kickoff’ Fundraiser Hosted By Longtime Merck Lobbyist??

    September 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  42. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last week two smart campaign staff left the campaign why we know now

    September 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  43. Nina

    Bachmann's statement was just the tip of the iceberg. What she stated is actually much more far reaching.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      What else did she say Nina? (highlights version)

      September 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • Nina

        Bachmann made the connection between Perry and the Pharmaceutical company Merck which developed the vaccine.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
        • Starr, formerly know as vincent

          Thanks Nina. I hope someone will look into Perry's dealings with Merck.

          September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
          • Chris

            Hello Star and Nina,
            All pharmaceutical companies, like other industries, routinely contribute to state and national political parties. If the matter is researched, you will see both parties routinely benefit. Merck's small contribution had nothing to do with the vaccine.

            September 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
            • Nina

              Rick Perry being bought for $5K from Merck will have no impact. However, Merck raising around $55 million to back Perry’s presidential campaign might raise some eye brows.

              September 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
              • Chris

                Maybe; maybe not. Texas was not the only state endorsing the product. Also, let's keep in mind hep B vaccine now is required in most states prior to children going to school. About 50% of hep B cases are sexually transmitted.

                September 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
            • Carla

              Thanks for the very true, concise point. Although true many will still focus on this being a "political" drama. I dont like him as a candidate – so not supporting him – but agree 100% with your statement.

              September 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  44. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello blogger friends!

    Ms. Bachman has Rarely known about Anything she discusses. You are right Anderson, she is spreading "dangerous" lies.
    (Although we do not know what kind of long-term effects the injection may have in women, there is presently no known side effects other than allergy).

    September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. Michelle Bachman's repeated stupid comments amaze me and will surely be the death of her.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Certainly not Presidential material, you think Sharon?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • Sharon Hastings

        No and for the life of me I can't imagine how she got this far??? It boggles the mind.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Margie C.

      Anderson, I think Michele probably misunderstood Tampa Mom. It's the MMR vaccine in question for mental retardation/autism.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  46. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good evening every one

    September 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  47. Nina

    Good Evening everyone

    Looks like an interesting program tonight, Anderson

    September 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  48. Lori - CA

    Hi Anderson! Good evening! Hi Everyone. Good evening.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  50. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    From your preview a few minutes ago, sounds like chilling news out of Syria tonight.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
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