Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls

Feb 3, 2015 6:00 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks. Long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul struggled this week to articulate their views on the emotionally charged vaccination controversy.

Christie, who is in the midst of a three-day trip to the United Kingdom, abruptly canceled all plans to speak to the press following his original comments.

The issue has taken on new resonance amid a frightening measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people across the U.S. and in Mexico. The outbreak has reignited the discussion over parents who don't have their children vaccinated.

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