Ted Cruz disagrees with a number of his GOP presidential rivals on women signing up for the draft. According to him, the idea is “nuts.”
The issue came up during the ABC debate on Saturday. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio said they were in favour of women enrolling in Selective Services as ladies are now eligible for taking part in combat roles in the military.
While Cruz was not asked about his opinion, the Texas senator talked about it in front of his supporters.
“It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,” CNN quoted Cruz as saying. “I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?”
Cruz said political correctness was dangerous, especially in the military.
“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 aren’t doing it,” Cruz pointed at his daughters while saying it.
He said he was in favour of allowing his daughters to do whatever in their hearts’ desire.
“But the idea that their government would forcibly put them in the foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them, doesn’t make any sense at all,” he said.
US President Barack Obama, who has two daughters, referred to them in 2008 while talking about his stand against abortion.
“I’ve got two daughters. Nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals,” Obama said. “But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
Rubio, one of the supporters of women signing up for the draft, has two daughters with his wife Jeanette Dousdebes. He earlier said he had “no problem whatsoever with people of either gender serving in combat,” Politico reported.