Senator John McCain threw his hat into another ring, the autism debate. The Republican presidential candidate commented on the cause of the developmental disorder while in Texas.

According to a recent New York Times article, he said:

“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.”

To learn about the findings,


There has long been a heated debate between parents and scientists about the preservative, thimerosal. The piece said:

Several large-scale studies have found no evidence of a link between thimerosal and autism, and medical groups including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics have publicly stated as much. In January, California reported an increase in autism cases, despite the removal of thimerosal from most vaccines.

Evidence and parental opinions aside, as moms we have the instinct to protect our offspring.

Would a presidential candidate's commitment to finding the cause and cure for autism sway your vote?