Ted Cruz is separating himself from some of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination by coming out against a proposal to require young women to register for the draft.
Currently, only men must enroll with the Selective Service. While the military operates on a volunteer basis, Congress might reinstitute the draft in the future. Some Pentagon officials argue that since women are about to be put into combat roles, they should be treated the same as men.
GOP candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio said during Saturday night’s debate that they agree with the proposal, according to CNN. The next day, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Cruz said: “It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military. I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?”
The Texas senator alleged that registering women is a misguided attempt to avoid discrimination. “We have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military,” he said. “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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