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Monday, April 18, 2016

Republicans Debate: Should Women Be Drafted?

Toward the end of the eighth Republican presidential debate, the moderators introduced a new subject that had completely been absent from stump speeches and previous debates. ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked the candidates whether young women should be required to sign up for Selective Service, just as young men are required to do.

Senator Marco Rubio, whose teenage daughters were seated in the first row, was called on first. He responded “I do believe that Selective Service should be opened up for both men and women in case a draft is ever instituted.” He said he had no problem with women in combat “so long as the minimum requirements necessary to do the job are not compromised.”

Rubio’s reference to “minimum requirements” was echoed by the next candidate to speak, former governor Jeb Bush. “If women can meet the minimum requirements for combat service, they ought to have the right to do it. For sure.” Governor Chris Christie then added, “There’s no reason why young women should be discriminated against from registering for the Selective Service. That’s what we should aspire to for all of the women in our country.”

Senator Ted Cruz was not asked about this topic in the debate, but he unloaded the following day. “It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,” Cruz said. “I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts? We have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military,” Cruz said to loud applause. “The idea that we would draft our daughters, to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain’t doing it.”

Listen to the radio commentary here:

1 comment:

Jamie. Burks said...

No. I think it would weaken our military. Our military has already been purged by Obama and we need to build it up again, not weaken it. I know there are some women that can do the job, as well as some men, but most can not.

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