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Vaccine politics pricks GOP presidential hopefuls




U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks at the Defending the American Dream Summit sponsored by Americans For Prospertity at the Omni Hotel on August 29, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks at the Defending the American Dream Summit sponsored by Americans For Prospertity at the Omni Hotel on August 29, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul (R - KY) yesterday said parents ought to have a measure of choice when it comes to vaccinating their children.  

Later in the day, both Republican presidential hopefuls amended their positions. Christie's office released a statement saying "with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated." Paul's office released a statement saying he "believes that vaccines have saved lives, and should be administered to children."

Adding to the political fray, Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted: "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue and #vaccines work..." The statements come as pockets of measles infections flare up around the country, with Southern California as the epicenter.

How do the comments from Christie and Paul align with the law? Will vaccines become a political issue in the coming presidential campaign?

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Guest: 

Jonathan Cohn, senior national correspondent, The Huffington Post; "Rand Paul's Vaccine Comments Are Latest Chapter in 136-Year-Old Debate"