Rubio pushes back on Cruz: 'I've never supported' forcing women into combat

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Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Warren takes VP batting practice Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate US, Mexico have mutual ambassadors for first time in over a year MORE said Sunday he would be open to requiring women to register for the draft, but has never supported forcing them to serve in combat roles.

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"That's absurd. I've never supported that," Rubio said on "Fox News Sunday."

Rubio said his rival, Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE, is accusing Rubio of wanting to force women into combat.

"I am the father of two girls that are much closer to combat age than anybody else out there in terms of that this is being debated about. My oldest daughter is 16 years old and I am not in favor of her being drafted and forced into combat," Rubio said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I'm actually in favor of a volunteer armed forces," he said.

Rubio said he would be open to a woman serving in a combat role if she wants to and meets the minimum requirements.

"Those minimum requirements for combat service apply to both genders," he said.

But emphasized that he would never support requiring women to serve in combat roles.

"I never said that, that's not my position," he said. "All i said is I'm open to Selective Service."

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