What do you think? Do you think women should be eligible completely for the military draft?
Among the big stories that emerged at the tail end of 2015 but got limited-to-very-limited attention was the Pentagon’s decision to clear women to serve in all combat roles.
The Fix put the decision on our list of big stories in gender news for 2015. We even advised readers to stay tuned for the debate that was likely to follow about whether this change also required Selective Service reforms. If women are now eligible to serve in all combat roles, should they also be required to join men on the government’s mandatory registry of Americans who can be drafted into military service?
And yet, on Saturday, whatever portion of America that was watching the Republican presidential primary debate witnessed that issue get its first mention on during a Democratic or Republican presidential primary debate.
What viewers got were clear answers from former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) supporting the idea of including women in the registry mechanism, which would be put to full use in the event of a draft.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson asked for time to answer the question and then did not do so, exactly….
Cruz thought the supporters were “nuts.”
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