Edwards critcized the administration's comments on the draft
(CNN)–Former senator John Edwards blasted a Bush administration official Saturday for saying it makes sense to consider a military draft.
"Enough is enough," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "Let there be no doubt that the Bush administration's new talk of a draft is a profound measure of how much this President has failed our brave men and women in the military, and the American people. This is exactly the wrong way to go. Our all-volunteer force has helped make America what it is today."
On Friday, Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, President Bush's new war adviser, told National Public Radio that the military draft “has always been an option on the table” but said that’s more of a political policy issue.
"Maybe now, in light of Lute's dangerous words and the apparent steps the Administration is taking towards a draft," Edwards said, "Congress will once and for all stand up to this president and end this war."
"The President believes an all volunteer military serves the country well and there is no discussion of returning to a draft," said Dana Perino, Deputy White House Press Secretary on Sunday. "General Lute's comments are consistent with the President's stated policy."
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford