“First he didn’t ‘desire’ to serve, but didn’t evade it. Then he ‘longed’ to go. The truth: He got four deferments.” — Joan Walsh
“‘I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.’”
“Indeed, Romney strongly supported the war at first. As a freshman at Stanford University, he protested anti-war activists. In one photo, he’s shown in a small crowd of students, smiling broadly, wearing a sport jacket and holding up a sign that says, ‘Speak Out, Don’t Sit In.’
“But the frustration he recalled in 2007 does not match a sentiment he shared as a Massachusetts Senate candidate in 1994, when he told The Boston Herald, ‘I was not planning on signing up for the military.’
“‘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. …”
— Steve Peoples
“Mitt Romney Faces New Scrutiny Over Vietnam War-Era Draft Deferments”
Huffington Post, June 5, 2012
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