Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., appeared on Tuesday on MSNBC’s Today and CNN’s American Morning after Monday night’s tea party debate where she lashed out at Rick Perry over his attempt to mandate human papillomavirus vaccines for 12-year-old girls.
On the Today show, Bachmann repeated the argument she made during the debate that the Texas governor had received contributions from the pharmaceutical company Merck, the maker of the vaccines, and that Perry’s former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck.
“Crony capitalism is something that people are really upset with and fed up with," Bachmann said. "It doesn’t matter if it’s at the state level or the federal level.”
Bachmann told both CNN and NBC that a crying mother approached her after the debate, telling her that the HPV vaccine caused her daughter’s mental retardation.
Responding to a new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll cited by CNN, which found that Americans favor President Obama's jobs plan, Bachmann reiterated her point from the debate that changing the tax code to lessen the burden on corporations would create more jobs than the temporary relief proposed by the administration.