Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioLongtime GOP incumbent will not seek reelection Overnight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? 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.
Rubio said his rival, Ted CruzTed CruzKasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 Trump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit 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."