Pres Hopeful Tim Pawlenty Says He’d Reinstate “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty went on the virulently anti-gay Bryan Fischer program put out by the American Family Association. Among other areas where the two right-wingers saw eye-to-eye was the desire to reinstate the failed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy (via RightWingWatch).
Fischer: One last question, got about forty five seconds left, put you on the hot seat one more time: we just saw the ban on homosexual service in the military repealed, overturned. Conservatives will be working over the next couple of years to see that that ban is reinstated. If you become president in 2012, will you work to reinstate the prohibition on open homosexual service in the military? Would you sign such a prohibition if it got to your desk?
Pawlenty: Bryan, I have been a public and repeat supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but if you look at how the combat commanders and the combat units feel about it, the results of those kinds of surveys were different than the ones that were mostly reported in the newspaper and that is something I think we need to pay attention to. But I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.
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