Rubio pushes back on Cruz: 'I've never supported' forcing women into combat
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Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend' For Tillerson, bucking Trump became a job-killer At least six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses on cars in Florida 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.

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

Rubio said his rival, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian 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."