Cruz and Rubio Say They Do Not Support Women Being Drafted for Combat

Cruz and Rubio Say They Do Not Support Women Being Drafted for Combat

Marco Rubio is “backtracking” from saying that he was in favor of drafting women into combat roles, a column at says.

“Charitably: He’s striking a blow for legislative power at the executive’s and judiciary’s expense, a welcome corrective in an age of growing presidential power and judicial social engineering,” Allahpundit writes in the column.

“Uncharitably: He realized belatedly that ‘let’s draft your daughters’ isn’t a sentiment that’ll play well in a Republican primary, especially among the social conservatives he’s trying to win.”

Rubio said during Saturday’s debate that he supports drafting women into combat roles, but this week Alex Burgos, the Senator’s spokesman, said Rubio would leave that decision to the legislative branch.

“Senator Rubio agrees with Senator Lee that Congress needs to determine the future of the Selective Service system and is working on legislation to codify that role and plans to support it,” Burgos said.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has said he opposes the proposal that would draft women into combat roles.

“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,” he said Sunday.

A poll found that 52 percent of women are against requiring women to register for Selective Service. About 38 percent are in support of it, and 10 percent are undecided.

Fifty three percent of Republicans polled said they oppose the draft for women, and 49 percent of Democrats said they are in support of it.

Publication date: February 12, 2016