August 8th, 2007
04:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney quizzed on sons' military service

Watch Romney respond to a question on his sons' lack of military service Wednesday.

(CNN) - At a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked whether any of his sons were enlisted in the military and what they were doing to “support the war on terror.”

“The good news is, we have a volunteer army, and we’re going to keep it that way,” the former Massachusetts governor responded. “My sons are all adults…. They’ve made their decisions about their careers and chosen not to serve in the military and I respect that decision.”

The question came from a reputed war protestor while Romney was discussing Iraq. The presidential hopeful continued his answer by calling for a “surge of support” for those enlisted and their families.

According to The Associated Press, the woman is a member of Quad City Progressive Action for the Common Good and is the sister of an Army major who has served in Iraq.

Romney’s five sons, ranging in age from 26 to 37, have been active campaigners on behalf of their father. They maintain the “Five Brothers” blog on Romney’s official Web site, chronicling their crisscrossing campaign events.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Mark Norman

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    So these kids are too bust spending their trust funds to be bothered.
    Lets not stray from the basic idea.
    We need to bringing everybody elses kids home.

    August 9, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Bill, Indy, IN

    This is a question for "Mindy Chatsworth". Didn't Hillary originally vote for this war? It doesn't make a difference if a person's children are or are not in the military, and they want to support this war. I was not in the military but I support this war and our troops. Go ask any military personnel that is surving right now if they care whether or not a "troop supporter" has military experience. They don't care!!!! All they want is not to get spit on and called 'baby killers' when they step back on our land. They just want us to say 'good job' and 'thank you'. Remember, it is called a volunteer military.

    August 9, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Matt, Reading PA

    So let me get this straight. your the president of the united states, the commander in chief, youre only allowed to send troops into a war zone if either (1) you have served, or (2) youre sons or daughters have served? this is ridiculous! we have a voluntary army! no where does it say that if you want to be president you must serve. people serve their country in other ways. like someone said earlier, wed be left with paul, gravel, dodd, and mccain if it were up to some of you. aye aye aye

    August 9, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Ken, Glendale, AZ

    And let's check the rest of the candidates and their kids out and we'll find more of the same. I'm all for a volunteer army. it's our choice to make.

    August 9, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Mindy Chatsworth, Ca.

    To Bill Indy –

    You talk to my father before you lecture me about what the troops think or feel in Iraq. He can tell you all about war. He saw the worst of it in the concentration camps in Germany. He served his country and helped defeat a dictator who was trying to exterminate a whole race of people. So he can speak as a man who served his country and he thinks this war is an obscenity. He talks constantly about how our soldiers are suffering.

    Since you like to support wars, what about fighting the REAL war in Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda and the Taliban are stronger than ever. Now that would be a war that might accomplish something.

    As far as Hillary's original stance in support of the war, we all were deliberately told lies in order to gain our support. Now we know that there were no weapons of mass destruction, there was no connection between Saddam and Iraq and the terrorists who flew those planes on 9/11. It was all a bunch of dirty, rotten lies. We attacked the wrong country and it has made Al Qaeda stronger. At least Hillary has the brains and common sense to now actively seek an end to this war and bring our courageous and beleagured soldiers home. What about Mitt Romney?

    August 9, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Robyn of Davenport, Iowa

    People really, let's not be childish. Can we please have an election that is not full of ridiculous concerns that make no sense. Mitt Romney is dedicated to this country as well as his 5 sons. They serve and love the American People. We do not have to prove our dedication by serving in the military, if so we would all have to sign up. We prove it by our strength of character and humanity. Mitt is more qualified for the job of President then any other candidate. What did you expect Mitt to say to such a unfair and invalid question. Let's be a little bit more intelligent with our questions next time Iowa.

    August 9, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Gurman, San Ramon, CA

    Typical war-mongering loser. HIS sons are 'too good' to fight, kill and die.

    That task is left to the 'proles'.

    August 9, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. marc, ontario, ca

    too bad, if elected another president who will use the military for greed.

    August 9, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Beverly June Aksamit, Cleveland, Mo. 64734

    Mindy Chatsworth, I couldn't agree with you more, you have stated the facts correctly.

    August 11, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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