Speaking in Virginia yesterday afternoon, Rick Perry admitted that his effort to require young schoolgirls to get vaccinated for HPV was a mistake, saying, “We should have had an opt-in instead of an opt-out.” Perry, who previously had said only that it was a mistake to have issued an executive order rather than working with the Texas legislature, had been pressed on the actual substance of his policy by Rick Santorum during Monday’s GOP debate.

Perry’s policy never went into effect.

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