Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann should call on Rick Perry to drop out

Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann should consider calling on Rick Perry to drop out of the campaign because in the last debate, he falsely claimed that he had raised only $5,000 from the company involved with his ill-fated vaccination program. Paul and Bachmann have championed the conservative use of taxpayer dollars. No issue more powerfully makes their point than Rick Perry raising huge campaign money from a firm that would make a fortune from his program, and then bearing false witness about it during a nationally televised debate.

Paul and Bachmann should pounce on the fact that in Perry-gate, Rick Perry asked during the debate whether he can be bought for only $5,000 when it appears Perry had received almost $30,000 from the company for his gubernatorial campaigns. Trust me, no politician forgets who donated $30,000.

It now appears that the company and its subsidiaries had donated almost $400,000 to the Republican Governors Association since 2006, when Perry first became active in the association, according to The Washington Post. It is inconceivable that Perry was not involved in soliciting some of that money, a subject journalists are investigating as you read these words.

This is the golden moment for Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.

Was Perry telling an outright lie when he said he had only received $5,000, which should be disqualifying for the presidency, or was he the victim of a staggering memory lapse, which should also be disqualifying to be president in a dangerous world?

Rick Perry is the mother of all pay-for-play politicians. I expect Paul and Bachmann to call his bluff about this, with devastating effect. Conservatives do not want, and Americans will not accept, a presidential candidate who either lies on national television under pressure or forgets things that a politician so consumed with raising special-interest money should have remembered.