• S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley Vetoes HPV Vaccine Bill

    Earlier this week, it was reported that an "informal Romney adviser" — who I presume is a khaki-wearing campaign strategist — believed it was unlikely that Mitt Romney would select a female running mate because, "unfortunately, [Sarah] Palin poisoned the well on that."

    There's a slight problem with this line of thought. John Edwards is most likely a gentleman grifter now, trolling the Carolina countryside, conning elderly ladies out of their Social Security checks. No one would be surprised if Dick Cheney literally poisoned wells. Joe Lieberman is still Joe Lieberman. But none of them have disqualified men from being terrible vice presidential candidates/vice presidents in the future.

    Plus, there are women Republicans willing to do anything to get on Romney's good side. Take South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who in 2007 co-sponsored a bill that would have made HPV vaccination mandatory for girls entering seventh grade. Having called that co-sponsorship a "mistake," Haley has now decided that she will be pro-HPV

    Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a bill that could have allowed seventh-grade students to get a free vaccination against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cancer in women…

    Haley said the bill was unnecessary because its language would merely allow, not require, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to implement a voluntary vaccination and education program on human papillomavirus, or HPV.

    And the measure by Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, is a precursor to “another taxpayer funded healthcare mandate,” the governor said in her veto message.

    It's not like South Carolina has a problem with injecting things, having attained the 7th highest per-capita execution rate in the country, but this is the kind of flip-flopping and convoluted reasoning it takes to get on Romney's short list.

    Unfortunately, what's good news for Haley is bad news for Newt Gingrich. After his strong showing in the South Carolina primary, I was sure his next wife would come from the Palmetto State. Now Haley has thrown a wrench bit of cervical cancer into those plans.

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    Tags: Health, Health Care, Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin, South Carolina, Veepstakes


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