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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-11-12 04:37 PM
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Romney's (non) military record faces new scrutiny
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47691438

"It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft," Romney told the newspaper.

But that's exactly what Romney did, according Selective Service records. He received his first deferment for "activity in study" in October 1965 while at Stanford.

He was granted the deferment even as some young Mormon men elsewhere were denied that same status, which became increasingly controversial in the late 1960s. The Mormon church, a strong supporter of American involvement in Vietnam, ultimately limited the number of church missionaries allowed to defer their military service using the religious exemption.

But as fighting in Vietnam raged, Romney spent two and a half years trying to win Mormon converts in France. About that same time, Romney's father would famously speak out against Vietnam, declaring that he had been "brainwashed" by military officials into supporting the conflict.

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I feel sorry for the French... hopefully, they just nodded, smiled, and closed the door on Willard Mittens and his partner! :)

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-12 04:05 AM
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1. I respect conscientious objectors. I don't, however, respect anyone who lies about military service.
Romney's story about his desire to fight or avoid the Vietnam War has changed too many times, just like all his stories.

An honest Mitt would say, "Just tell me what would get you to vote for me and I will gladly say it, although, once elected, I may or may not govern consistently with what I said during the campaign."

And I know that first hand because, to the shame of my state, he was my governor.


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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-12 05:40 PM
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2. thank you for bumping this important story. rom is a joke!
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