Mitt Romney Lied About his Vietnam Draft Deferments
Mitt Romney Got 4 Draft Deferments During Vietnam War
Mitt Romney was caught in a decades-long lie about his active draft avoidance during the Vietnam War.
Selective Service records show that Mitt Romney had four draft deferments (between academic deferments and his work with the Mormon church). That's one less deferment than Dick Cheney got.
Interestingly, Mitt Romney was avoiding the draft while demonstrating in favor of it at Stanford.
"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.
It's okay to be a Republican and also be against the Vietnam War: Romney was by no means alone on that. However, this sort of blatant lie does nothing to help his reputation as a candidate who can't keep his story straight.