September 27, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann flashed her expertise on medical issues in the Republican presidential primary marathon, as she claimed that the HPV vaccine could have “very dangerous consequences” and cited the case of a child who she’d heard was afflicted with mental retardation after getting the vaccine. Scientists responsible for knowing about such things dismissed any “cognitive disability” caused by the drug. PolitiFact awarded her a “false.

In the CNN interview above, Wolf Blitzer poses a bunch of questions to Bachmann about Obamacare, all of which can be contextualized by her HPV episode: Do you trust this politician to talk about health care on any level?

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