A spokesman for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told TPM on Tuesday that the potential 2016 presidential contender urges all Americans to vaccinate their children, as a major measles outbreak spreads across the nation.
“Sen. Graham would urge every American to vaccinate their children,” Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said in a statement to TPM. “And he would reject any effort to stop vaccinations until somebody can show him there is a scientific reason to do so.”
Bishop didn’t say whether Graham believed vaccinations should be mandatory, however.
Two other potential Republican presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), each made waves Monday when they separately argued that parents who object to vaccinating their children should have more of a choice in immunizations.
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