Republican presidential candidate Cruz voiced opposition to women serving in combat roles, calling such plans, ''nuts.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz voiced his opposition to women serving in combat roles calling such plans, "nuts" at a campaign event in New Hampshire. Referring to the most recent Republican debate he said, "We had three different Republican candidates say it is a great idea to be drafting our daughters, to be drafting women, into combat roles in the military." Cruz said, "I was not asked that question, I was disappointed ...I almost jumped in...let me just say this...'Are they nuts,'" Cruz added. "Look, I am the father of two little girls, who are five and seven....and they can do anything they set their minds to, anything they desire, they have unlimited potential," He said. "But the idea that the federal government would forcibly conscript our daughters and put them in a combat role, put them in a fox hole fighting a jihadist, a 220 pound psychopath, trying to kill them in a fox hole, is nuts," Cruz added. "And unfortunately it is political correctness run amok." President Barack Obama's defense secretary, Ash Carter, announced in December that the military would let women serve in all combat roles. Cruz's performance in New Hampshire's primary election on Tuesday will be a referendum on the Southern evangelical's appeal to Northern conservatives, a breed he is not used to courting. Cruz is fresh off a victory this week in Iowa, the first contest in the race for the nomination ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, and the U.S. senator from Texas is betting his undiluted religious conservatism will deliver a strong finish in New Hampshire. Cruz's campaign does not anticipate a win in New Hampshire. Polling shows national front-runner Donald Trump - who has tighter links with the region as a New Yorker - with a roughly 20 point lead in the state. But placing second will be crucial if Cruz hopes to keep momentum in a crowded Republican field that includes Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. It could also foretell his appeal in the populous Northeastern states in later contests.