Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said he does not support ''drafting women and forcing them to be combat soldiers.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said he does not support "drafting women and forcing them to be combat soldiers," at the Faith & Family Presidential Forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. "I don't support that. I never have, and I don't now," he said. Last December, the U.S. military ruled that it will allow all women serve to in all combat roles. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called it n a historic move striking down gender barriers in the armed forces. "They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men," Carter said. President Barack Obama called the move a "historic step forward," saying it would "make our military even stronger." Rubio had been widely viewed as Donald Trump's biggest threat, but he suffered deep wounds in New Hampshire after a strong showing in Iowa that some pundits believed would propel him to the top ranks of the establishment Republicans. After stumbling badly in a debate on Saturday, the man who had been considered by many in the party as its best hope to retake the White House finished deep in the middle of the pack. The Republican nomination race now bends southward, with a primary in South Carolina on Feb. 20 the next test. Trump has held a double-digit lead there for months.