Bachmann Goes Off the Deep End?
11:57 AM, Sep 13, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In last night's GOP presidential debate Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann lambasted Texas governor Rick Perry for his executive order, which never went into effect, that sixth grade girls should receive a vaccine to prevent HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. Bachmann knocked Perry down a notch, arguing that the episode was an example of crony capitalism (Perry's former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for the drug company that manufactured the vaccine).
But last night on Fox News, Bachmann seemed to go off the deep end, alleging that the vaccine can cause "mental retardation."
"There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate," Bachmann said. "She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine." Bachmann credulously repeated the claim this morning. But Ed Morrissey points out that there's no evidence that the vaccine causes "mental retardation":
Bachmann is derided by the left as being more than a little loony. The truth is that she had avoided making conspiratoriorial and baseless assertions during the campaign--until last night.
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