Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Budowsky: Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann should call on Rick Perry to Drop Out

The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky is putting the heat on Rick Perry from a new angle. Budowsky argues that Perry lied about the amount of political campaign money he recieved from Merck, maker of the controversial vaccine Gardasil, which Perry attempted by executive order to be given to all 12 year old girls in the state of Texas. Here's Budowsky:
Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann should consider calling on Rick Perry to drop out of the campaign because in the last debate, he falsely claimed that he had raised only $5,000 from the company involved with his ill-fated vaccination program. Paul and Bachmann have championed the conservative use of taxpayer dollars. No issue more powerfully makes their point than Rick Perry raising huge campaign money from a firm that would make a fortune from his program, and then bearing false witness about it during a nationally televised debate.

Paul and Bachmann should pounce on the fact that in Perry-gate, Rick Perry asked during the debate whether he can be bought for only $5,000 when it appears Perry had received almost $30,000 from the company for his gubernatorial campaigns. Trust me, no politician forgets who donated $30,000.

It now appears that the company and its subsidiaries had donated almost $400,000 to the Republican Governors Association since 2006, when Perry first became active in the association, according to The Washington Post. It is inconceivable that Perry was not involved in soliciting some of that money, a subject journalists are investigating as you read these words...Rick Perry is the mother of all pay-for-play politicians. I expect Paul and Bachmann to call his bluff about this, with devastating effect. Conservatives do not want, and Americans will not accept, a presidential candidate who either lies on national television under pressure or forgets things that a politician so consumed with raising special-interest money should have remembered.


  1. In principle I don't disagree with Budowsky BUT, 1), I'm not so sure Bachmann wants to venture into that (I'm quite certain she's not as pure as the driven snow) and 2), I can't help but wonder if Budowsky would apply that same moral standard across the board on all candidates from any party no matter what.

  2. Perry's meal ticket has expired. Although some NEOCONfused talkers are spinning away and actively ignoring his weaknesses and in effect adding more fuel to the fire. 2012 is setting up for historic let down for some because independents won't stand for same ol' statist retreads and apologists.

  3. Calling Morgan Warstler, Rick Perry is a facist. He was willing to take money from Merck(taxes) in order to force(using more taxes) people to pay for shots that killed some 12 year old girls.

  4. Am I conspiratorial for not trusting ANY political polls?

  5. For me, the question is whether or not Ron Paul has the street fighter instincts to go after Perry in this way. Paul is a freaking superstar and a hero in my eyes, but to compete with these horrible people - and the special interests that fund them - takes a different kind of ruthlessness that I'm not sure Ron Paul or his people possess.

  6. @anon 11:58

    Damn right!

  7. To be honest, I'm now considering not voting for Ron Paul because of this anti-Perry garbage. Every sentence he utters against Perry gains him no votes and helps the clearly more statist Romney get elected. The only thing he has going for him is his message of freedom. He has zero chance when running on anything else.

    When he talks about freedom he not only increases his odds of winning, but is changing the Republican party before our very eyes. He is changing minds like no candidate I have ever seen.

    This anti-Perry mantra, though, is an embarrassment. It makes him look small and angry. He will lose, and his ideas will lose.

  8. I think Perry said it all when he said he was offended that someone thought he could be bought for $5000.

    I mean who didn't seriously think to themselves that he just implicitly suggested that he could be bought? I think that was the most honest thing Perry said all night with perhaps the exception of the Ponzi scheme thing.