Rick Perry has a hard time on the GOP debate

September 13th, 2011 - 8:11 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Sept 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Texas governor and GOP presidential aspirant Rick Perry is still ahead of CNN’s recent polls despite having a disappointing debate. During last night’s heated GOP televised debate, all the other candidates seemed to have set their sights on Perry.

Being the frontrunner ahead of the debate, the other candidates knew their work was cut out for them. The Texas governor clearly incurred the displeasure of the audience when he spoke about his controversial HPV vaccine which involved girls as young as 12 years.

Opponents of Perry accused him of trying to use his office to force people to have the vaccine, accusing him of taking their liberties away from them. HPV is a vaccine that is used to prevent cervical cancer. Perry admitted the fault on his part for trying to use his legislative powers to force young girls to have the vaccine.

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann who is fast losing pace with the frontrunners of the GOP race wouldn’t let the issue lie flat. She accused Perry of complexity when she claimed that the manufacturers of the HPV vaccine, Merck, were sponsors of Perry’s campaign.

When Perry registered his protest, Bachmann shot back, saying “I’m offended for all the parents and little girls who didn’t have a choice. That’s what I’m offended about.”

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