Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush could only avoid the vaccination debate for so long. After watching potential 2016 Republican presidential primary opponents Chris Christie and Rand Paul face criticism for their less than enthusiastic embraces of vaccines amidst a measles outbreak, Bush did his best to skirt controversy on the issue during a speech before the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday.
“Parents need to make sure their children are vaccinated,” he said definitively to applause from the crowd in attendance. “Do we need to get into any detail of that?” he asked.
“I’ve said things that are misinterpreted or partially interpreted and then heads explode and all source of media just create all this controversy,” Bush continued, perhaps in reference to Christie and Paul. “I think it’s better just to say parents have a responsibility to make sure their children are protected, over and out.”
Bush’s answer aligns with the views of the GOP establishment, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as well as the words of his fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio. However, for now at least, he avoided the question of whether the federal or state governments should mandate those vaccinations.
Watch video below, via C-SPAN2:
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