Rand Paul Says Vaccines Can Lead to 'Mental Disorders'

The Kentucky senator says parents should make vaccination decisions.

“I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” Paul, R-Ky., said in an interview with CNBC anchor Kelly Evans.

“I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing, but I think the parents should have some input," he added. "The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom.”

"You should get your kids vaccinated,” the president said in an interview with NBC on Sunday.

In London today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offered an opposing view to the president's, saying that families should have a “measure of choice” in whether they should vaccinate their children.

"There has to be a balance and it depends on what the vaccine is, what the disease type is, and all the rest," Christie said, according to the Washington Post. "Not every vaccine is created equal and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others."