Rand Paul Is Aiming For The Anti-Vaxxer Vote, Says They Should Be Voluntary (VIDEO)

While a new Measles epidemic is making headlines, politicians throughout the country are responding to parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children.

On Monday, we heard from three major politicians. President Obama took the common sense approach and told parents that they “should get (their) kids vaccinated.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a less meaningful stance when he said that he vaccinated his children and that he believes that’s the best decision for public health, but that parents should have a choice.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), an ophthalmologist, went even a step further on the libertarian spectrum by saying that vaccinations should be voluntary.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham asked Paul whether vaccines should be mandatory after Christie’s office tried to walk back the governor’s remarks on allowing parents to have “some measure of choice” in vaccinating their children. Paul went a step further than his potential 2016 presidential opponent in his response.

“I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly, most of them ought to be voluntary,” Paul said. “What happens if you have somebody not want to take the smallpox vaccine and it ruins it for everybody else? I think there are times in which there can be some rules, but for the most part it ought to be voluntary.”

Source: Talking Points Memo

While it might be easy to think that both Paul and Christie are pandering to the anti-vaxxer crowd, TPM points out that Paul used to be a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which is anti-Medicare, anti-Obamacare and anti-flu vaccine for healthcare workers.

TPM wasn’t able to confirm if Paul was still a member of the organization but on its “about us” page, they have this 2010 anti-Obamacare, anti-American Medical Association video of a Fox News interview with Paul:

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