COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Marco Rubio says he doesn’t support a military draft for women and “forcing them to be combat soldiers” – reversing his previous position.
The Florida senator suggested during last week’s Republican presidential debate that he believed selective service should be open to men and women, and that women should have the right to participate in combat service.
But addressing a faith forum at conservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday, Rubio said “I don’t support drafting women and forcing them to be combat soldiers.”
He also said he thought the selective service was obsolete, anyway, since he didn’t believe there ever would be a need for a military draft again in the United States.
Some of the loudest applause for Rubio came when he declared that the country needs “to get back to the fundamental truth, our faith is important.”