Romney faces scrutiny over Vietnam

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    SAN DIEGO — On a stage crowded with war heroes, Mitt Romney recently praised the sacrifice "of the great men and women of every generation who serve in our armed services."
    It is a sacrifice the Republican presidential candidate did not make. Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a "minister of religion" in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.
    President Barack Obama did not serve in the military either. The Democrat, 50, was a child during the Vietnam conflict.
    Because Romney, now 65, was of draft age during Vietnam, his lack of military background is facing scrutiny as he courts veterans.
    Romney's recollection of his Vietnam-era decisions has evolved in the decades since, particularly as his presidential ambitions became clear. He said in 2007, his first White House bid under way, that he had "longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam." But his actions, Selective Service records and previous statements show little interest in joining a conflict that claimed more than 58,000 American lives.

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    I really don't blame anyone for having their rich daddy pull the strings to avoid conscription but to actually approve of a war that he had no intention of ever fighting is the very definition of elitism.
     
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    If he were D, the rw's would be all over this. He spent the war hiding out in the lap of luxury in Paris and that's just nifty with the spineless rw's.

    Same with his freaky cult beliefs. If a D were to be a wacko cultist like Mittens is, the rw's would be positiviely apoplectic.

    And his daily lies? Not a problem - IF you're a dishonest rw.

    We need to keep our sites on the R's goals - big money for the one percenters and an end to the middle class.

    These dumb rw's are good with that.
     
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    I can assure you that having a rich daddy has nothing to do with serving a mission for the Church.
     
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    We see that a lot with the pubs. As long as they don't have to actually DO any of the hard work, they're just fine with sending other people's kids to die.

    And, Mittens is wanting to start a new war sumthin feerce. He SAID so.
     
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    no he doesnt. stop lying
     
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    Are you fucking nutz?

    Isn't his phoney god the Biggest Rich Sugar Daddy of All Time?

    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Did you vote for Bill Clinton?
     
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    I don't know about that but it sure was handy for a lot of kids, including Bill Clinton, who wanted to drink at the frat rather than die in a paddy. The only thing about this story that gives me pause is his contemporary support for the useless Nam war.
     

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