Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on the "Today' show Tuesday, where she claimed that the HPV vaccine may be dangerous and cause retardation in children (video below).

When questioned by Matt Lauer, Bachmann said: “I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Fla., after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter.”

“The mother was crying when she came up to me last night. I didn’t know who she was before the debate. This is the very real concern and people have to draw their own conclusions.”

However, the New Zealand HPV Project found that “Gardisal (HPV vaccine) has not been found to cause increased risk of any serious condition.” They added, "As with any medication, vaccines carry an extremely rare risk of an anaphylactic reaction (life-threatening type of allergic reaction). The trials show almost 100% efficacy in the prevention of high grade HPV types 16 and 18 related pre-cancers, which cause 70% of cervical cancers."

On "Today,' Bachmann also slammed Texas governor Rick Perry for “the requirement that all innocent little 12-year-old girls or 11-year-old girls in the state of Texas would be forced by the government to take an injection of what could potentially be a very dangerous drug.”

During Monday night’s debate, Bachmann suggested that Perry mandated HPV vaccines in exchange for a $5,000 campaign donation from drug company Merck.

Appearing on Fox News Monday night following the debate, Bachmann said that Perry was guilty of “crony capitalism,” a term popularized by Sarah Palin to attack President Barack Obama.