• Mitt Romney "Longed" to Serve in Vietnam, Got Four Deferments

    Mitt RomneyThis is a such a sad story. Mitt Romney so so wanted to serve alongside his fellow young short-haired Americans in the Vietnam War after high school. But, alas, t'was not to be.

    If only he hadn't sought and received four draft deferments and gone away to France for two-and-a-half years, maybe his deepest dreams could have become a reality…

    He said in 2007 — his first White House bid under way — that he had "longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam." But his actions, Selective Service records and previous statements show little interest in joining a conflict that ultimately claimed more than 58,000 American lives.

    Still, he repeatedly cites his commitment to public service and the nation's military while campaigning for president.

    "Greatness in a people, I believe, is measured by the extent to which they will give themselves to something bigger than themselves," Romney said in San Diego last week to a Memorial Day crowd of thousands, flush with military veterans of all ages.

    He did not address his own Vietnam history that day. And his campaign has refused to comment publicly on the subject over the past week.

    To be totally fair to Romney, he may not have gone to Vietnam per se, but he did spend a little time in uniform.

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