Rick Perry says repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was ‘irresponsible’

Holly Bailey
November 8, 2011

Rick Perry said it was "irresponsible" for President Barack Obama to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that banned gays from serving openly in the military.

In an ABC News/Yahoo News interview, Perry called don't ask, don't tell a "workable policy." The Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate accused Obama of playing politics with the military.

"(Obama) wanted to make a political statement, using the men and women in the military as a tool for that," the Republican presidential candidate told ABC's Christiane Amanpour. "I truly believe that he did it to respond to his political base."

But Perry refused to say whether he would reinstate the policy if he were elected president. He told ABC/Yahoo that he would be "comfortable" going back to the policy.

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