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Statement: Pagliuca Clarifies Military Draft Support

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U.S Senate candidate Stephen Pagliuca issued the following statement clarifying his comments made during a broadcast debate Thursday in regard to a military draft.

I was asked a question during this morning's radio debate about reinstating the military draft that I misunderstood. I incorrectly interpreted the question to be asking if I would support a mandatory draft in the event we needed additional troops and my answer was yes.

I now realize that was not the question posed to me, and I want to be clear that I do not support reinstating the military draft at this time. If there was a need to increase our troop levels beyond what could be supported by our voluntary recruitment, I would support a mandatory draft that would be fair, transparent and equal.

I have consistently said I would support a policy to safely and judicious get our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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