Perry is comfortable with 'don't ask, don't tell'
November 8th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry is comfortable with 'don't ask, don't tell'

(CNN) - Rick Perry signaled Tuesday that if elected president, he would be open to reinstating the "don't ask, don't tell" law that banned openly gay individuals from serving in the military.

The Republican presidential candidate said the 18-year-old policy, which was repealed earlier this year, "worked well," and accused President Barack Obama of lifting the ban in reaction to his political base.

"I think the idea that the president of the United States wanted to make a political statement using our men and women in the military as the tool for that was irresponsible," Perry told ABC News.

When asked if he, as a former member of the Air Force, would be comfortable serving with openly gay men and women, the Texas governor said that was not a question that needs to be asked.

"If an individual in their private life makes a decision about their sexuality from the standpoint of how they're going to practice it, that's their business," Perry said. "That's the reason 'don't ask, don't tell' was in fact a workable policy and that's why I would be comfortable with our country going back to that."

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Filed under: 2012 • Don't Ask Don't Tell • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    The rumour in Texas has always been that Perry practiced "don't ask, don't tell" for years. So far, no one has come forward to tell on Perry for his pecadillos, but if he gets the nomination (which he never will), he can look forward to a former boyfriend's visit, I'm sure.

    November 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    maybe they should install DADT for all the might be surprised at what you may find.

    November 8, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Jake

    i'm shocked larry flynnt's money hasn't brought forward any of Perry's gay lovers yet!

    November 8, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    This guy would be comfortable with anything!

    November 8, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    The Republican candidates do know that they would be President of the entire United States not just the conservatives and the extremists group called the Tea party.....right?

    November 8, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. SecedingfromTexas

    Like we've told you before Ricky---we have cows, we don't need your bull.

    November 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Ian

    can we ban openly-straight people then too?

    November 8, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. diridi

    this dude is like Sarah Palin....just ignore this idiot...

    November 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. SaintM

    Rick Perry looks anemic in this picture–his face is only showing tan color. That may explain why his brain does not have normal functionality–he is oxygen deprived. I wonder if he knows that amemia can also cause hair loss?

    President Obama 2.0 – 2012

    November 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Rosslaw

    He'll be coming out any day now. Good for Ricky.

    November 8, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. fed-up

    of course it WORKED for him!!! what about the men and women who put their lives on the line for this country everyday??? i served under the DADT, i joined right after 9/11, it had nothing to do with the politics, it was for the love of my country. i don't want someone telling me what i cant do with my body if its being gay or having an abortion. now lets talk about other issues like where are the jobs that you repubes promised if elected in 2010, they are the same place they will be if the repubes get in the WH in 2012, overseas!!!

    November 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. scott

    I can't wait for Perry to come crawlling back to Texas with his tail between his legs. Now that the national press has exposed him and his policies, maybe the local press will actually start doing their job and stop giving him a free pass...and then, hopefully, we can finally be rid of this moron.

    November 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. encore

    Perry is trying to make us think that he is not gay. Just like M. Backmon husband and neither one can hide it.

    November 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    "Get on fiscal policy, and stay there. That is the primary strength of the GOP."

    Get real, Rick. The GOBP deathcult is primarily to blame for the problems facing our country today. Especially the economic ones. Tax cuts for the filthy rich are proven policy failures, as is deregulation, which caused our economic meltdown.

    November 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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