Boehner: All children should be vaccinated

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that all children should be vaccinated against preventable diseases, a day after two likely GOP presidential hopefuls suggested that the decision should be left up to parents.

"I don't know that we need another [federal] law, but I do believe all children ought to be vaccinated," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE, the father of two daughters, said at a news conference at the Republican National Committee.

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On Monday, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist, said parents should have a choice about whether to vaccinate, saying he had seen cases where certain vaccinations had caused mental disorders in children.

“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview on CNBC. “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

Earlier, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another prospective GOP White House candidate, said parents should have some choice in deciding whether to vaccinate their children, though his office later clarified children should be vaccinated for measles.

Their comments came in the wake of a measles outbreak that infected more than 100 children across 14 states.