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Listen: MN Governor Tim Pawlenty Says He'll Reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' if Elected President


Right Wing Watch reports that hate group American Fmaily Association's Bryan Fischer interviewed Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, on a variety of topics including CPAC, DOMA, Roe v. Wade, and DADT.

Pawlenty tells Fischer that, if he's elected PResident in 2012, he would work to reinstate 'DADT'.

"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."


More of the interview at Right Wing Watch.

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  1. Just one more reason the LCR should go full speed ahead with their lawsuit. If the SC finds the policy unconstitutional (as Sec. Gates believes they would) what this wing-nut thinks will not matter.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 13, 2011 11:41:42 AM

  2. Republicans= Boldly leading us backwards.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 13, 2011 11:46:26 AM

  3. Uh-huh, good luck with that, Timothy. Why on earth would you make such a stupid statement when the vast majority of the country supports DADT being overturned? If this is the way you plan to govern by playing to the bigoted Christianist winguts in the extreme rightwing media, you're going nowhere, man. What a farcical candidate.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 13, 2011 11:46:45 AM

  4. Pawlenty also promised water fountains will be filled with rootbeer.

    I Pawlenty tried to pass himself as a moderate. Now, he's the male Sarah Palin.

    Posted by: Chrissypoo | Jan 13, 2011 11:52:24 AM

  5. If he wants to be a serious national candidate, he'll have to soften or reverse his public stance on this position before 2012. It simply does not support the majority of popular opinion.

    I am always glad when these candidates let us know just how crazy they are.

    Posted by: Bastian | Jan 13, 2011 11:56:42 AM

  6. what a dumbass

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 13, 2011 11:57:20 AM

  7. Run, Tim, run. It will be fun to send you back to MN and forgotten about in '12.

    Posted by: BartB | Jan 13, 2011 11:58:19 AM

  8. Hahaha, Tim you crack me up! Well I guess he feels like he has to run to the right. How could you ever reinstate it if the military leaders, congress and the public support the repeal. Even DADT's biggest defender, John McCain, has said it is time to move forward with the repeal and make it work. It'd be nearly impossible.

    Posted by: Mike C. | Jan 13, 2011 12:08:45 PM

  9. I watched Pawlenty on a few talk programs promoting his book Courage to Stand and all I could think was I wish he had the courage to answer. The man dances around every question and he comes across as dull, scripted and thankfully someone will we forget.

    Posted by: MontyMonty | Jan 13, 2011 12:08:53 PM

  10. So the chump basically declared that he knows he has no shot at winning.

    Posted by: Tonic | Jan 13, 2011 12:26:54 PM

  11. we dont want him in Minnesota. hes the first governor (including Jesse Ventura) to lead MN into a deficit..A BIG deficit..

    He used to be a conservative, but its been fun (scratch that..horrifying) watching him/his policies change to amp up to the rabies like fervor of a right wing evangelical wingnut for a presidential run. which has no chance in hell (I HOPE)

    Posted by: Amaezm | Jan 13, 2011 12:33:03 PM

  12. In other news, Pawlenty recently scored 4% in an Iowan presidential poll. I suppose he can take comfort in the fact that Michelle Bachman scored lower, with 2%.

    Posted by: Tribute | Jan 13, 2011 12:49:02 PM

  13. Brilliant!

    Posted by: barney | Jan 13, 2011 12:54:34 PM

  14. The DADT "repeal" removed the policy from law and handed it back to the president. Theoretically Pawlenty (or some other president) could reinstate it by fiat/executive order. Practically? I figure it's pretty darn unlikely, but the faster & more thoroughly the Obama administration implements pro-gay policies the more likely they'll stick. Which, sadly, leaves me less optimistic than it ought.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jan 13, 2011 1:03:51 PM

  15. @Rob -- He probably knows that a large majority of the country, including a majority of Republicans, support the repeal of DADT. However, he needs to pander to the hard core voters at the beginning of a race to win primaries and caucuses. Then he can move back to the center in an attempt to win over independents with something like, "well, while I'd like to see it reinstated, I'll defer to the military, who seem to advise against reinstating it".

    Just like all candidates do, unfortunately.

    Posted by: tjc | Jan 13, 2011 1:10:12 PM

  16. Well, at least he's honest and we know where he stands. Better this than some Trojan Horse candidate. See, let these right-wing weirdos talk. They'll always hang themselves on the petard of their own hubris.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 13, 2011 1:32:41 PM

  17. Eh, no he won't. Sorry, Tim.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 13, 2011 2:09:34 PM

  18. "The man dances around every question"

    He was on The Daily Show last night. It was like watching a tap-dance exhibition.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 13, 2011 4:12:45 PM

  19. As if he had any chance at being President before, now he comes out in support of reinstating DADT when ~75% of the nation wanted it gone.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jan 13, 2011 5:19:11 PM

  20. That's good ol Veto the Gays Tim for ya. He vetoed a bill that would have offered same sex DEATH benefits here in MN. He sucks. I am still puzzled as to what fucktards put him in office here in MN TWICE.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 13, 2011 6:30:34 PM

  21. what the hell is the water in mn ? are all the lakes filled with some kind of chemical that makes people dumb this guy and bachmann deserve each other. and time to rev up the boycott of target before they these clowns more money.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 13, 2011 6:35:20 PM

  22. Who cares what he says? He has zero chance of getting on the GOP ticket.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 13, 2011 6:42:03 PM

  23. This is a good example of why the DADT court case needs to proceed. The courts are the only way to ensure that DADT stays dead.

    It's interesting to note that the 365gay website has a poll running asking that "now that DADT has been repealed" what should happen next. But nobody has repealed DADT. It won't be repealed for at least the next several months. I personally do not think DADT will be repealed in the next two years, because Congress will find "problems" with the "certification".

    We shouldn't be counting chickens before they hatch.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 13, 2011 8:59:51 PM

  24. D--O-U-C-H-E B-A-G

    He's old, so thank goodness we won't have his "kind" for long.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 14, 2011 1:29:09 AM

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