USA Today: Ted Cruz: 'Of course' children should be vaccinated
Sen. Ted Cruz said children should be vaccinated against measles and other diseases, but believes the question of whether to mandate them is left up to the states.
The Texas Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate added his voice to the issue Tuesday, a day after potential rivals Chris Christie and Rand Paul suggested there should be parental discretion on vaccinations.
"Children of course should be vaccinated," Cruz said. "This issue is largely silliness stirred up by the media ... Nobody reasonably thinks Chris Christie is opposed to vaccinating kids, other than a bunch of reporters who want to write headlines."
Cruz's two daughters are vaccinated, the senator said, and he encouraged all parents to do the same.
Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, is known for his adherence to the Constitution and notes requirements on whether vaccinations should be mandatory is a state issue. "Most states include an exception clause for good faith religious convictions, and that's an appropriate judgment for the states to make," he said. "But on the question of whether kids should be vaccinated, the answer is obvious and there's widespread agreement: Of course they should."