Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted late last night about the growing controversy over vaccines, after some Republican candidates supported the idea of parental choice in the matter.
As the New York Times and the Washington Post headlined stories focusing on potential Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul for their recent comments on vaccines, Clinton staked out her position on Twitter.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2015
As the vaccine debate heated up yesterday, several reporters pointed out that in 2008, both Clinton and Obama gave credence to anti-vaccination theories.
Both Christie and Paul voiced their belief in the value of vaccines in their remarks yesterday, but asserted that parents have the right to make the choices for their children.
“There has to be a balance, and it depends on what the vaccine is, what the disease type is, and all the rest,” Christie said in response to a reporter’s question about vaccines during a trip to Britain. “Not every vaccine is created equal and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.”
Sen. Rand Paul also voiced support for parental choice in the matter.
“I’m not arguing that vaccines are a bad idea, I think they’re a good thing. But I think parents should have some input,” he said during an interview on CNBC. “The state doesn’t own your children, parents own their children, and it is an issue of freedom.”