New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both said Monday that they favor “choice” when it comes to whether parents get their kids vaccinated. This was seen by the Democratic National Committee as “kowtowing to the fringe rhetoric of the anti-vaccination movement.”
“Chris Christie isn’t a scientist. He isn’t a doctor. And he sure as heck isn’t a leader,” DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee said. “If his campaign is going to be about kissing up to the radical, conspiracy theory base that’s wagging the dog of today’s Republican Party, that’s up to him and his cracker-jack team.”
As The Fix reported earlier today, though, resistance to vaccines is a relatively bipartisan issue, even as it’s slightly more pronounced among Republicans and independents today. And while there are surely some Republicans keen on an anti-vaccine message, it’s wealthy, progressive Californians who basically started the movement.