Rick Perry’s ‘Total Debacle’ Comment Re Romney, Ignores ‘Total Debacle’ of His Own

Governor Gardasil (R-Merck)

Rick Perry.

There’s only so much one can hear from him regarding Mitt Romney.

Following the example of Governor Romney, we’ve made allowances for Perry here at MRC the last couple of weeks. Today, my Perry measuring cup reached ‘full’ so let’s be clear, this is a Jayde Wyatt article.

I’m responding to a conversation the Texas Governor had yesterday with Laura Ingraham on her radio program about Mitt Romney and the private-market health insurance program in Massachusetts:

Perry told Ingraham the law was a “total debacle” and would be a “huge problem” for Romney.

“I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts healthcare plan he passed is a huge problem for him,” Perry said. “It was not almost perfect.”

Perry then went on to offer a curious statement:

[T]he answer to our healthcare problems can be found in our states.”


I know Governor Romney will address Rick Perry’s criticisms on the debate stage; I look forward to it. Extensive articles on the private-market health care insurance program in Massachusetts have been posted here at MRC, so I won’t rehash the details today. Although there is MUCH to be discussed about Rick Perry’s background and record, let’s learn a little about one glaring, alarming stain on the Texas Governor’s record - his very own health care “debacle”:

Perry’s Gardasil Problem

Why in early 2007 did he [Governor Rick Perry] sign an executive order mandating that 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas be given the vaccine Gardasil?

Gardasil was developed to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most commonly transmitted sexual disease in the United States. In June 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, which is made by the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. The treatment was initially hailed as a breakthrough in protecting against four strains of HPV that are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts.

In January 2007, Gardasil was put on the “recommended” immunization schedule issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Merck immediately mounted a massive lobbying effort of state legislatures around the country to get Gardasil added to their respective lists of state-mandated vaccines.

But in Texas, Gov. Perry chose to

    bypass the legislature

and on Feb. 2, 2007, he issued an

    executive order

making Texas the first state in the country requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the three-shot vaccination series (which cost about $120 per shot). The move generated a fierce public debate. Conservatives slammed Perry for promoting what they saw as an intrusion by the state into private health decisions of parents and their children. Some also complained that the mandate would encourage promiscuity among teenagers.

Many doctors, including Bill Hinchey, the president of the Texas Medical Association at the time, questioned the wisdom of rushing to mandate a drug that had been on the market for less than a year.

“We support physicians being able to provide the vaccine, but we don’t support a state mandate at this time,” Hinchey told the Houston Chronicle. “There are issues, such as liability and cost that need to be vetted first.”

The controversy over Perry’s decision deepened as it came to light that his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck and that his chief of staff’s mother-in-law, Rep. Dianne White Delisi, was the state director of an advocacy group bankrolled by Merck to push legislatures across the country to put forward bills mandating the Gardasil vaccine for preteen girls.

Surprise! Perry received a $6,000 donation from Merck lobbyists just days before the executive order was issued.

When the New York Times praised Perry’s actions, he figured he needed to do some fancy PR work. He quickly penned an op-ed to paint his actions as being ‘pro-life’. USA Today published it.

Perry’s attempt to frame his action as both an urgent public health necessity and the work of a “pro-life” politician failed to dissuade those who felt he had shoved this vaccine down the throats of the public without a full airing of the potential benefits, costs and long-term health implications of the drug.

Roughly 60 state lawmakers called on Perry to rescind the order. He refused. Just six weeks after Perry put pen to paper, the Texas House rebuked him on March 14, 2007, passing HB 1098, overturning his executive order by a vote of 119-21. The Senate followed suit the following month by a vote of 30-1.

(emphasis added) Read more here.

Now, that’s what I call a total debacle.

  • More on gardasil (article includes footnotes):

    Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil ‘Mistake’ Cost Girls their Lives

    PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 22, 2021 – According to VAERS analyst and SANE Vax team member Janny Stokvis, Governor Rick Perry should have been aware and taken action on the mounting injuries from Gardasil in Texas before an attempt to mandate the vaccine. VAERS reports one girl died post-Gardasil vaccination, there were 14 life-threatening situations and 31 girls became disabled after Perry’s attempt to issue an executive order. The effort to introduce the drug into Texas schools turned into one of Perry’s greatest defeats. His admission of a ‘mistake’ five years later is reprehensible.

    Perry’s order would have become effective in 2008 and girls would be involuntarily immunized unless they ‘opted out’ upon entry to the 6th grade. Texas was the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against a multi-strain virus to prevent ‘cervical cancer.’ Unfortunately, the National Cancer Institute has not directly linked the virus to cervical cancer.1

    Is this poor judgment from a man running for president?

    During a 16 month investigation of Gardasil, side effects were documented in a disturbing number of cases to VAERS including 3,589 during a 16 month period.2 Even though thousands of girls reported adverse reactions to the vaccine, Perry found no reason to modify or withdraw his executive order. Those numbers have now risen to over 22,000 and yet, it took political posturing for Perry to admit his ‘mistake.’
    According to VAERS, Texas has had its fair share of reports of adverse reactions:
    As of July 12, 2022 the total number HPV vaccine adverse events reported to VAERS is 22,619 – with an estimated 1 to 10% of the HPV vaccine injured population reporting.4

    19,170 reports are from the U.S. – 3,127 of those events are from unknown locations.
    914 reports out of the 19,170 reports are from Texas. But considering the fact that 3,127 reports have an unknown location, this number could be higher.5

    Gardasil Adverse Events in Texas:

    • One death report of a 26 year old woman who died Nov 20076
    • 67 reports are listed as serious7
    • 14 reports of Life threatening situations8
    • 433 reports of emergency room visits9
    • 45 reports of hospitalization10
    • 10 reports extended hospital stay11
    • 174 reports where the girls did not recover from their injuries12
    • 31 reports of girls now disabled13

    Rick Perry: Merck Shill

    ► Jayde Wyatt

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    17 Responses to Rick Perry’s ‘Total Debacle’ Comment Re Romney, Ignores ‘Total Debacle’ of His Own

    1. ccr says:

      Way to go Jayde!!! Thank you!!

    2. Graham says:

      I must have a Rick Perry computer-it just crashed and burned.

    3. JS says:

      This information about Gov. Merck Perry has got to get out to a wider audience. It he is allowed to brush this aside and hypocritically attack Romney while Romney has fought tooth to educate people about the conservative nature of mandating personal responsibility then this will be a sad commentary on conservatism in America.

    4. GregOnline says:

      The MSM is trying to build up a candidate that they can more easily knock down. If Perry is the nominee, the MSM will release this story and destroy him.

      Go Mitt, 2012!

    5. stuntman says:

      She ain’t Jayde she’s Gold!

    6. Bill says:

      Well done!

    7. cj says:

      awesome! just posted the link all over FB!

    8. Dennis says:

      Well, don’t forget that Gov Perry was a Democrat who supported Al Gore for President. Democrats are known for forcing their will on people in areas like this. I’m sure Gov Perry is sorry for this and has learned his lesson though. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to hear it from his own lips.

      How about a “read-my-lips” promise, Gov Perry, that you won’t try to force your will on Americans anymore?

    9. Jayde Wyatt says:

      I really appreciate the comments, everyone. Thank you.

      This entire dark chapter in Perry’s life is an authentic window into how this man thinks. The crony capitalism, the non-consensus way of operating, the blind will, the self-aggrandizement, the imposing of his agenda through executive order on the very people he was elected to SERVE, and after all was said and done and there was nowhere for him to go - his covering himself with a ‘pro-life’ mantra - then, finally, a forced and politically expedient admission that maybe he’d made a mistake speaks volumes.

      This is corruption plain and simple.

      I poor pity the girls whose lives were adversely affected by gardasil.

      Let the vetting of Rick Perry begin.

    10. ChuckP says:

      Great article, but you missed the most obvious irony of Perry’s statement. When he states “[T]he answer to our healthcare problems can be found in our states.” in criticizing Romney’s health plan, he seems to forget that Romney’s plan is a state plan. He thinks that he is being critical of Romney when in fact he is supporting him when it comes to doing what needs to be done at the state level.

    11. Jayde Wyatt says:

      @ChuckP Hi Chuck. Yes, it is ironic. Thanks for commenting.

      My italicizing of the word ‘states’ in Perry’s statement and my response to the same - ‘Really?’ - was intended to convey irony and sarcasm.

      I hope his off-the-cuff comments keep coming…

    12. jon says:

      …”pick, pick, pick, talk-a-lot, pick a little more!” Just wish conservatives could unite to quickly unseat BO and get on with the business of righting the United States to its position of leadership and example. Mitt “deserves his turn” at the helm. From good families come good people. Romney is one of the best! BTW Jayde, nice work…

    13. Jerald says:

      Go get’em Jayde.

      Great write up.

      And we know there is lots more Perry treasure to mine out there :)

    14. stuntman says:

      Jayde a true Perry vetter!

    15. Sean Oliver NC says:

      Mitt should hammer home the simple truth that the cost of healthcare IS a major issue. Mitt was the first in the country to make comprehensive health care changes. He did so while consulting all involved parties, unlike Obama, who wanted a government option but was unable to push one through. Health care costs are continuing to soar nationally. What Mitt did at a state level was a great first start.

      Mitt also needs to remind voters when he left Massachusetts, unemployment was 4.7%. I need not comment on 4.7%. Mitt needs to come out strong at the next debate. Perry is beatable.

    16. Bill Foster says:

      This is exactly what needs to happen. We as Mitts supporters need to campaign hard against Rick Perry, exposing his shortcomings while emphasizing Mitts strengths. Mitt needs to stay Presidential and focus on campaigning against Obama hard. He needs to limit the air time he gives Perry or any other candidate to the debates. We as his supporters can and should dedicate as much time as we can to blogging, twittering, talking and campaigning for Mitt and against the other candidates. This will allow Mitt as a candidate to stay above the mud-slinging while the grass roots campaign takes it head on.

    17. Dennis says:

      Here’s a great article being linked by the drudge report:

      Insiders: GOP Would Be Better Off With Romney for 2012

      Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be surging in polls of Republican primary voters, but his party’s Insiders aren’t convinced he’d be the best general election candidate. More than two-thirds of Republican Insiders say Mitt Romney has a better chance than Perry of defeating President Obama in 2012, according to this week’s National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

      Who has a better chance of beating President Obama in 2012, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?
      (88 votes)
      (97 votes)
      Mitt Romney 83% 69%
      Rick Perry 17% 31%

      Many Republican Insiders acknowledged Perry’s appeal to conservatives but questioned his ability to win over independent voters. “Perry can fire up the base, but this election will be won in the middle, not on the fringes,” said one. Said another, “Having trouble ID-ing a single independent who’d vote for Perry.”

      Democratic Insiders echoed that assessment by an even larger majority. “This election is sitting on a platter for Republicans if they do it right,” said one. “Romney is probably good enough. Perry will get drilled by independent voters and women.” Another quipped, “Rick Perry is all base and no swing.”

      Insiders in both parties raised questions about Perry’s durability under the intense scrutiny of a presidential campaign. “As a conservative Republican, I love Rick Perry,” said one Republican Insider, who added “but as a campaign strategist, I know the degree to which a few self-reinforcing oppo-hits can devastate a candidate.” A Democratic Insider said plainly, “Perry’s mouth will do him in.”

      Republicans and Democrats alike also pointed to Perry’s similarities to another Texas governor as a liability. “Obama’s best argument may be, ‘We won’t go back,’” said one Republican Insider. “Why make it easy for them by nominating someone who can’t help but remind voters of George W. Bush?”

      Romney’s strength in the poll wasn’t solely based on concerns about Perry. Insiders identified Romney’s business background, his veteran campaign team, and his appeal to moderate voters as key general election strengths. “Romney has more national experience and more seasoned players, will trip himself up less, and will more successfully make the president’s performance the central issue,” said a Republican Insider.

      A Democratic Insider added, “There is no state Perry can win that Mitt Romney won’t. There are some states Romney can put into play (MA, OH, PA, NH) that are harder for Perry to win.”