Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used a hearing on Tuesday to hammer potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over controversial statements he made about vaccines.
Polio and measles vaccines “work so well that the memory of these diseases has faded, and the importance of vaccination has become less obvious,” Warren said during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
The Massachusetts senator then questioned Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, about the alleged dangers of vaccinations, which have been promoted by the so-called anti-vaxxer movement.
“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism?” she asked
“No,” Schuchat replied.
“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders?” Warren asked.
“No, but some of the diseases we vaccinate against can,” Schuchat said.
The language of the question was taken directly from Paul. Speaking to CNBC last week, the Kentucky senator said he “heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
MSNBC described Warren’s comments as a “not-so-subtle shot across Rand Paul’s bow.”
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Sam Elliott narrated a powerful new Joe Biden ad — and it aired during Game 1 of the World Series
Actor Sam Elliott narrated a new ad for Joe Biden that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.
"There is only America," Elliott said. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it -- with a fresh start."
"Cures we can find, futures we can shape, work to reward, dignity to protect," Elliott continues, as the Star Spangled Banner plays quietly on a piano in the background.
"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other," the narrator continues. "And choose a president who brings out our best."
WATCH: Trump had his microphone muted on Tuesday — at his own rally
At President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a sound problem resulted in the president's microphone being unexpectedly cut in the middle of his speech.
"I think we have every endorsement including New York's Finest, New York City's Finest, we love our—" Trump was saying. At that point, the microphone cut out, and the president continued talking inaudibly.
It took several moments for technicians to restore the audio, at which point the president walked toward a row of sign-toting fans standing behind him.
The President’s mic gets muted at his own rally pic.twitter.com/XPOyIeGdDm
‘You’re gonna get a kick out of it’: Trump tries to spin his 60 Minutes meltdown at rally
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump reportedly stormed out of an interview with CBS News' Lesley Stahl for "60 Minutes." It is currently unclear what set him off.
However, at his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania later that night, the president tried to spin the whole thing as entertainment, telling his supporters he couldn't wait for them to see the interview and that "You're gonna get a kick out of it. Lesley Stahl is not gonna be happy."
"You have to watch what we do to 60 Minutes. You'll get such a kick of it. You're gonna get a kick out of it. Lesley Stahl is not gonna be happy." -- Trump pic.twitter.com/EPUcAL7uiA