Democrats, Republicans — both sides have their anti-vaccine elements.
Speaking with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," possible GOP presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson pressed his insistence that vaccines are important tools of public health while simultaneously avoiding any outright condemnation of other Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul, who has maintained that parents should be free to make health decisions for their children.
Carson's response prompted Wallace to ask a tough question: "Some Democrats say there’s some elements in Republican Party, both candidates and voters, who deny science, whether it is vaccinations, or climate change, or evolution. Do you think that criticism is fair?”
Carson refused to pin anti-science sentiment on the right.
“It’s not a partisan issue," he said. "You look in California, the places where outbreaks have occurred are largely blue areas, Democratic areas where people have said they don’t need them anymore. The reason they think they don’t need them anymore is because we’ve had such an effective vaccination program, you’re not seeing diseases. But now that you’re getting large pockets of people who are not vaccinated, the opportunity exists to reintroduce the disease."
When it comes to anti-vaccine notions, Carson said, "It's not a Democratic or Republican issue at all."
Watch the entire interview below:
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