“We ain't doing it"

Ted Cruz says requiring women to sign up for the draft is “nuts”

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In a speech at a New Hampshire rally on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz distanced himself from several of his Republican competitors by saying he believes requiring women to sign up for the draft is “nuts.” The issue has become a public debate since two top military generals testified before Congress that they believe women should sign up for the draft now that the military has decided to open up all combat roles to female service members. When asked about the idea during the Republican on Saturday, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush all suggested they’d be in favor of having women enroll in Selective Service, making them eligible for the draft if it’s reactivated. “It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,” Cruz, who wasn’t asked about the draft during the debate, said. “I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: ‘Are you guys nuts?’” As the father of two young daughters, Cruz said that the idea that “their government would forcibly put them in the foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them” didn’t make any sense to him. He pointed to political correctness as the reason why the idea was even being floated, saying: “Political correctness is dangerous, and the idea that we would draft our daughters, to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close contact — I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain’t doing it.”

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