The Corner

My Five Sons

Gov. Romney got some flak for joking that his five sons, while not serving in uniform, were helping their country by trying to get him elected. He has said it was a slip. If so, it wasn’t the first one.

In June, CNN’s John Roberts asked him about their not having joined the military, and Gov. Romney responded: “Each of my five sons gave two years of their life to the service of their church and I consider that service to be laudable. But I very highly value those who serve in the military. But it is a volunteer military. And I hope we keep it that way.” Talk about confusing church and state!

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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