The science of vaccinations is very straightforward: They are of tremendous benefit to public health and the common good. But the politics are much trickier -- as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the hard way on Monday, after he said parents should have a measure of choice when it comes to getting their children inoculated.The issue, as it... read more
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During her ill-fated presidential campaign four years ago, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) denounced the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, arguing that it can lead to mental retardation. Bachmann's claim had no foundation in reality, and the remarks sparked a larger discussion of her habit of saying ridiculous things. The right-wing lawmaker's campaign never recovered.
I mention this to provide some necessary context: those who play politics with vaccinations have a habit of causing trouble for themselves. As Kasie Hunt reports this morning, the new example involves New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the government needs to strike a "balance" between public health and parental choice in making decisions about vaccinating kids, even as an outbreak of measles is spreading among unvaccinated people in the United States.
"We vaccinate ours [kids], and so, you know that's the best expression I can give you of my opinion," Christie said when asked if he would urge Americans to vaccinate their children. "You know it's much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that's what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that's the balance that the government has to decide."
Maybe there's something about London that causes American Republicans to exercise poor judgment. Last month, it was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) causing trouble for himself on the other side of the pond; this month, apparently, it's Christie. [Update: let's also not forget Mitt Romney's misadventures in London.]
There are some important angles to this, but perhaps the most striking is the difference between the New Jersey governor's handling of vaccinations as compared to, say, Ebola. Remember Kaci Hickox?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Monday that officials find a "balance" between requiring vaccinations and allowing parents to turn them down. But his run in with the issue may go back much longer.
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Mitt Romney told supporters he will not run for president on Friday, putting an end to a dizzying three weeks in which the former nominee openly explored a third White House campaign centered around foreign policy and poverty. read more
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