Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had quite a contentious interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, culminating in Paul calling her questions “slanted” and telling her to “start out with more objectivity” the next time around.
The interview got off to a rocky start when Evans asked if Paul wanted to take back his comments that some vaccines should be voluntary. “I guess being for freedom would be really unusual?” Paul shot back. “I guess I don’t understand the point of why that would be controversial?”
“I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we had. I’m a big fan…” he explained. “But for most of our history they have been voluntary… The state doesn’t own your children; parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”
Evans then pivoted to a one-time tax holiday proposed by Paul. “Senator, I’m sure you know that most of the research on this indicates that these actually cost more money than they save…”