Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE on Sunday came out against including women in the Selective Service, calling the idea of requiring women to register for the draft “nuts,” according to CNN.
“It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,” Cruz said of his primary rivals at Saturday night’s GOP debate.
“I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?” he added during a speech in New Hampshire.
Pinning blame for the idea on political correctness, Cruz said forcing women into close combat “is wrong, is immoral and, if I’m president, we ain’t doing it.”
“We have enough political correctness – especially in the military,” he said.
Cruz said his two daughters can do “anything in their heart’s desire,” but added “the idea that the government would forcibly put them in a foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them doesn’t make any sense at all.”
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in December announced new rules opening up all combat jobs in the military to women.
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Sen. Cruz's position on whether women should serve in combat roles.