Rep. Michele Bachmann launches a dud scud at Gov. Rick Perry after the September 12th CNN Republican Presidential Debate and FactCheck.org shoots down her misguided political missile. The following quote is from the FactCheck article.
After an extensive review, the FDA approved Gardasil in 2006 for use in females age 9 to 26. But since then, the FDA and CDC have kept tabs on any side effects reported for Gardasil — as it does with all vaccines – through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Since coming on the market, Merck has distributed more than 35 million doses of the vaccine in the U.S. There have been no reports of anyone suffering mental retardation as a result of receiving the Gardasil vaccine.
The woman who approached Bachmann story is exactly where my spidy sense kicked in.
Brachmann attacks Perry for mandating Gadasil vaccine shots while he was Governor of Texas. Okay, perhaps she is a born again Christian Scientists or can’t accept that people die from pharmaceutical side effects every day.
The Bachmann attack of Perry continues and is validated when a woman comes up to her in tears and says her daughter suffered from retardation after receiving the Gadasil vaccine injection…?
Questions kept popping into my head:
“How many people were even at that debate?”
“What were the chances that an audience member had a negative experience with Gadasil, summoned up the courage to approach Bachmann and then made it passed Bachmann’s handlers?”
“Why would Bachmann then go on the Greta Van Susteren Show and repeat — on national television — what a stranger said to her without verification?”
The answer is simple. It fit her narrative so she didn’t want the facts getting in her way of bumping off Perry and moving up in the polls.
Is it possible that the stars all aligned and all of this actually happened as Bachmann said it did? Yeah, sure, okay…whatever.