Ted Cruz Says Anti-Vaccination Parents Have a "Religious" Right to Put Children at Risk

Charles Johnson2/03/2015 12:37:27 pm PST

re: #46 Testy Toad T

Well, the text of a transcript, in an off-the-cuff response to a question (IIRC).

We should probably be careful not to parse the statement too rigidly; people have misspoken before. If this statement were Obama’s only vaccine position on record, it would concern me, but it is not, and so it really does not.

I think it’s absurd to put an impromptu statement under the microscope like this and focus on one word, “also.” Here’s what his statement reads like without that one word:

We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Nobody knows exactly why. There are some people who are suspicious that it’s connected to vaccines and triggers, but (pointing to his right) this person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it. Part of the reason I think it’s very important to research it is those vaccines are … preventing huge numbers of deaths among children and preventing debilitating illnesses like Polio. And so we can’t afford to junk our vaccine system.

Take out one word from his off the cuff remarks, and it’s very obvious from the context that he’s talking about research into the cause of autism.