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Two more GOP presidential hopefuls express doubts about mandatory vaccinations

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In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s anti-vaccination statements, two more Republican presidential hopefuls have come out against the mandatory vaccination of school-age children.

Earlier today, Buzzfeed News released excerpts from an interview McKay Coppins did with potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in which she espoused anti-vaccination beliefs.

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The former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard told Buzzfeed News that “I think there’s a big difference between — just in terms of the mountains of evidence we have — a vaccination for measles and a vaccination when a girl is 10 or 11 or 12 for cervical cancer just in case she’s sexually active at 11. So, I think it’s hard to make a blanket statement about it. I certainly can understand a mother’s concerns about vaccinating a 10-year-old”

“I think vaccinating for measles makes a lot of sense,” she added. “But that’s me. I do think parents have to make those choices. I mean, I got measles as a kid. We used to all get measles. I got chicken pox, I got measles, I got mumps.”

In the end, she said, “I think parents have to make choices for their family and their children.”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made a similar argument on The Laura Ingraham Show today, telling the conservative radio host that “as a physician, I’ve always been fascinated by the small pox vaccine and the history of it…so I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly most of them ought to be voluntary.”

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“There are times when there must be some [mandatory] rules,” he continued, “but for the most part it ought to be voluntary. The biggest one was when [Texas Governor Rick] Perry made it mandatory for everybody to have to take [the HPV vaccine] for a sexually transmitted disease.”

“While I think it’s a good idea to take the vaccine, I think that’s a personal decision for individuals to take.”

Listen to Rand Paul discuss vaccines on The Laura Ingraham Show below.

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