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Mandeville, LA – When Senator Rand Paul was asked for his take on the ballyhooed measles “epidemic” he let slip some libertarianism some have claimed he has been lacking of late. “I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly, most of them ought to be voluntary… [w]hat happens if you have somebody not wanting 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 first part it ought to be voluntary.”
This prompted CNBC host Kelly Evans to react with astonishment that perhaps Paul “isn’t aware” that the measles “is a huge problem right now.” Paul retorted. “I don’t understand the point of why [what I said] would be controversial.” On this one I stand with Rand. New Jersey governor Chris Christie also expressed similar views. But, when House Speaker John Boehner was asked about the “epidemic” he provided his usual ambiguous bravado. “I don’t know that we need another law, but I do believe that all children ought to be vaccinated.” That’s telling ‘em Johnny.