Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday said he believes children should be vaccinated, but he said he supports exemptions for people with certain religious beliefs.
Cruz said that there is “widespread agreement” that children should be vaccinated, but he added that states should be in charge of deciding whether vaccines are mandatory, according to Politico. He also said that states should consider exceptions for those with “good faith, religious convictions.”
The Texas senator said that he has had his children vaccinated.
“We’ve got two little girls, we’ve vaccinated both our girls and would encourage people to do the same,” he told Politico.
Cruz told reporters that the controversy over vaccines is “largely silliness stirred up by the media,” according to Politico.
“Nobody reasonably thinks Chris Christie is opposed to vaccinating kids other than a bunch of reporters who want to write headlines,” he said.
After Christie said that parents should decide whether to vaccinate their children, his office clarified that he believes children should be vaccinated for measles.