Fresh from the GOP debate where she blasted Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his executive order requiring young girls to receive inoculations against a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer, Rep. Michele Bachmann today released a video denouncing what she calls “Perrycare.”
“There are many important issues in this presidential campaign – including the role of government, abuse of executive power and crony capitalism,” she says in the web video. “As a mother of three daughters, I believe that parents are the ones who should decide whether or not their young daughters should receive injections for sexually transmitted diseases. These are decisions that are best left to parents, the children and their doctors and should take into consideration the child’s health and the family’s values.”
“Whether it’s Obamacare or Perrycare I oppose any governor or president who mandates a family’s healthcare choices and violates the rights of parents on these issues – especially if the decision-making process occurs behind closed doors, bypassing legislative action, and favors campaign contributors over families. That’s not right. As president, I’ll do what’s right for families.”
The video is Bachmann’s latest salvo at Perry after she blasted him at Monday’s Republican debate in Tampa. However, the Minnesota congresswoman then opened herself up to criticism by saying on national television that a woman told her after the debate that the vaccine left her daughter mentally retarded, a claim quickly shot down by doctors across the country.
“Perrycare” is the most recent term used to denounce the health care stances of candidates. Republicans have long dubbed President Obama’s health care reforms “Obamacare.” In June former GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty dubbed Mitt Romney’s health care plan for Massachusetts “Obamneycare.” Last night in Iowa Perry first used the term “Romneycare.” And now there’s Bachmann’s “Perrycare.”
While the new term is sure to generate some buzz, the style of the web video from Bachmann may generate some questions, as well. The video is hardly the type of slick, well-produced spot frequently released by presidential candidates. Instead, it is a basic, bare-bones video with Bachmann standing in a non-descript corner speaking directly to the camera, a scene made all the more unusual due to poor lighting and bad audio.