Well, isn't Rand Paul the slippery one? After showing his true anti-vax colors, he's now walking backwards furiously, hoping he can turn back time and pretend he never said those things.
Appearing on Greta Van Susteren's show, Paul had the utter nerve to pretend his views on vaccination are just exactly the same as President Obama's.
“I think everyone should be encouraged to get vaccines,” he said on tonight’s “On The Record,” adding that his position is likely not different than the president’s or anyone else’s.
“We have rules to encourage people to have vaccines in the country, but I don’t think anybody’s recommending that we hold them down,” he said.
Paul explained that vaccinations are largely policed through schools, which makes vaccination “somewhat of a mandate.”
"Encouraging" vaccines is not the same as requiring it. We "encourage" people to try harder, reach a little higher. We "require" people living in a society to behave like they live in one. So no, Senator Paul. Your position is not at all like President Obama's.
Rand Paul can dissemble all he wants. But this is the Internet, and the Internet has a memory. You can watch Rand Paul go to Crazytown in 2010 with his friend Alex Jones, or you can just take this quote away:
Well, I mean, the first sort of thing you see with martial law is mandates, and they're talking about making it mandatory. I worry because the last flu vaccine we had in the 1970s more people died form the vaccine than died from swine flu. I think you have to use your brain but I think every individual should be allowed to make that choice.
He hedges just enough there to keep himself out of wingnut territory, just like he did in that interview with Greta. But there is absolutely no way his views are anywhere close to being parallel with President Obama's, who has said that vaccines are supported by the science and everyone should have them.