AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It was four years ago that Texas Gov. Rick Perry put aside his social conservative bona fides and signed an order requiring Texas girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus.
He says he was trying to curb cancer. But it didn't take long for angry conservatives in the Legislature to override a measure they thought tacitly approved premarital sex — and for critics to accuse Perry of cronyism.
Today, Perry's again taking heat on the issue as he runs for president. He's seeking the nomination of a GOP heavily influenced by conservatives who are sour on the government dictating health care requirements.
He's both defending himself and calling his action a mistake — illustrating the delicate politics at play.