“It’s indisputable that autism is on the rise among children,” Senator John McCain said while campaigning recently in Texas. “The question is, What’s causing it? And we go back and forth, and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”The preservative thimerosal, which doesn't cause autism to begin with, was removed years ago to combat the growing irrational fear of vaccines. I'd expect this from Jenny McCarthy or any other celebrity given a platform on Larry King to misinform people, but not someone running for President who will set policy at the CDC.
Yet another reason why the proposed Science Debate is a good idea. Several thousand individuals and organizations associated with science, technology and medicine have been pushing for this. Since it would be a debate about substantive issues and not Tim Russert asking dumbass questions, no candidate has committed.