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GOP rep: Vaccinating children should be parents’ choice

The measles outbreak has prompted politicians to speak out on the debate over vaccinations. 

On Tuesday’s Rundown, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy shared his perspective on whether parents should vaccinate their children.

“For me, I want that to be my choice as a parent,” the Republican congressman said, “and you know what? I know my kids best. I know what morals and values are right for my children and I think we should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do.”

Duffy added that although measles vaccination should be each a parent’s choice, he understood that the community might have a different choice. “Your community might say that if you don’t vaccinate your children we can’t send them to the public school. That may be the community’s option,” he said.

Duffy joins several high-profile Republican lawmakers who have also spoken out recently on the debate, from Gov. Chris Christie to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who said Monday in an interview on CNBC that vaccines should be “voluntary” as they could lead to mental disorders.

On Monday, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton also added her voice to the vaccine debate, tweeting: “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest”

Watch the full interview with Rep. Sean Duffy in the video player above and share your thoughts on our Facebook page.