Clinton: 'I Have a Hard Time Imagining the Kind of National Emergency' That Would Trigger Draft

By Susan Jones | February 4, 2016 | 4:59 AM EST

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during Democratic primary town hall sponsored by CNN, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

( - "I have a hard time imagining the kind of national emergency that would require the use of the Selective Service System," Hillary Clinton told a Democrat town hall hosted by CNN Wednesday night.

She was asked for her thoughts on requiring women to sign up with Selective Service at age 18, just as all American men must do.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Staff for the Army told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday they think it is time to require women to register for the Selective Service.

Clinton said as best she can tell, their reasoning is that "if we're going to open combat positions to qualified women" -- allowing them to compete for spots in the Army Rangers, Navy Seals and Marine infantry officers -- "then we have expanded the definition of the all-volunteer military."

"I -- I have to think about whether I think it's necessary to go as far as our military officers are recommending. From my perspective, the all-volunteer military has worked. And we should not do anything that undermines it because it has provided a solid core of people who are willing to serve our country.

"The idea of having everybody register concerns me a little bit, unless we have a better idea of where that's going to come out.

"Where I want people to register -- I want every young person to register at the age of 18 to vote automatically. If we had a system like that, I would be very pleased about it.

"I have a hard time imaging the kind of national emergency that would require the use of the Selective Service system. So I just have to be better informed about why they're making this recommendation."

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