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Posted on Feb 10, 2016 Print this Article

UPDATE on 2016 CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey - Bush, Rubio & Christie Not Helped , Cruz Not Hurt , by Taking Opposite Positions on Selective Service Registration for Women

During the February 6 Republican Presidential Debate in Manchester, NH, ABC moderator Martha Raddatz asked Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush whether they favored registration of women for Selective Service.

Gov. Chris Christie gratuitously jumped in with comments that appeared to agree with the other candidates’ support for registering women. Sen. Ted Cruz was not asked to respond to the same question, but in a post-debate speech, Cruz issued a strong challenge to the position of the other three on Selective Service.  The following comments may be attributed to Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness:

“Presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Jeb Bush, and Gov. Chris Christie provided unserious, politically-correct answers to questions about Selective Service ˗ a national security issue of critical importance to military personnel and unsuspecting young civilian women.

“Exit polls did not explore the reaction with New Hampshire voters, but the narrow finish of Rubio, Bush, and Christie behind Sen. Ted Cruz, who challenged their position as “nuts” in a post-debate speech, apparently shows that these three were not helped, Cruz not hurt, by taking their respective positions on the Selective Service issue... (Download PDF for full content)
Posted on Feb 10, 2016 Print this Article