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Paul Ryan Says DADT Reversal A 'Step In The Wrong Direction': VIDEO


In a move that may seem surprising but is actually in line with running mate Mitt Romney's position, GOP vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan said in an interview that reversing Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal would be a "step in the wrong direction".

"I talked to a lot of good friends of mine who are combat leaders in the theater, and they just didn't think the timing of this was right to do this when our troops were in the middle of harm's way in combat," Ryan said as a way of explaining his vote against repeal of the discriminatory law that kept countless gay and lesbian soldiers in the closet for over a decade. "Now that it's done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves."

"I think this issue is past us. It's done. And I think we need to move on," he told Florida's WPTV.

You can watch video of Ryan's remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Wow....I am impressed. I actually think he is speaking from his heart and telling the truth....something not seen much from politicians these days.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Sep 24, 2012 10:21:25 AM

  2. I think the Republicans are slowly realizing that pandering to the anti-gay vote does not work in 2012.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 24, 2012 10:28:33 AM

  3. If Lyin' Ryan's lips are moving, he's lying.

    Posted by: candide001 | Sep 24, 2012 10:30:58 AM

  4. Whether he's lying or not, he's disagreeing with Romney, not a good thing to put out in the public eye. Perhaps they are not as close a team as they would have us think.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 24, 2012 10:32:31 AM

  5. Everything about homosexuals is anathema to Opus Dei; Ryan will fight each and every aspect of gays trying to obtain equal rights, whether that is DADT or DOMA.

    He is doctrinaire Catholic agenda; he has sworn to propagate Catholic faith and morals in public life.
    The USA constitution is therefore secondary to this higher power he serves.
    If that is from his heart , as you say REPPIN 2, I find it despicable.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 24, 2012 10:37:24 AM

  6. "in line with running mate Mitt Romney's position"

    How about a link for *that* one? If true it would be celebrated on Facebook page Mitt Gets Worse - and it's not (yet?).

    It's interesting that Ryan talks about reviving the American Dream. How about the American Dream for LGBT people?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 24, 2012 10:42:52 AM

  7. His statement is conceding defeat. It's not from his heart. If bringing back DADT would help get Mittens and him in office, he would support it in a minute. He simply knows that it's a done deal now, no thanks to him.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 24, 2012 10:43:06 AM

  8. "I think this issue is past us. It's done. And I think we need to move on" = It's a losing issue for us that we would like to forget ever happened.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 24, 2012 11:17:18 AM

  9. Well, finally a bid for the independent voter.

    However, his point about people already being out is very true. The barn door's been opened and the horses let out.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 24, 2012 11:23:15 AM

  10. Such a liar. He doesn't say that the 700,000,000 that Obamacare saves are counted in his budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it. Or that he voted for the defense cuts! As for DADT, which he voted to keep, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 24, 2012 11:24:44 AM

  11. And, in line with what DIOGENES ARKTOS said: Andrew, has Mittens made a statement that he now supports DADT and wouldn't consider reinstating it? If so, I haven't seen it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 24, 2012 11:25:33 AM

  12. ahh...so, Mr. Ryan, you were WRONG before, eh? and your party was wrong, and still IS wrong about this issue?

    well, we all knew that already.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 24, 2012 11:30:42 AM

  13. Elaine Donnelly is busy having a temper tantrum this morning.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 24, 2012 11:33:52 AM

  14. This means nothing. All he's saying is that he does not support reversing the repeal of DADT. He opposed reversing DADT in the first place. He does not feel that LGBTs should serve openly in the military. The interviewer should have asked him to confirm this. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is in any way support for the LGBT community by this homophobic catholic just because he's admitted defeat on this one issue. There are plenty more he's still fighting against.

    Posted by: cam | Sep 24, 2012 11:34:39 AM

  15. I'm surprised GOProud hasn't written up some press release praising Ryan for his [what they'll call pro-LGBT] stance. This is an example of "proof" not all Republican legislators are anti-gay to them. Maybe they're busy making a medal for him.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 24, 2012 12:06:58 PM

  16. word on the street is that GOProud is busy out buying new wigs and makeup so they can dress up in drag to better enable them to blow the misogynists they look up to.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 24, 2012 12:12:21 PM

  17. The opinion of unidentified "friends in the theater should indeed hold sway over the reported facts that there have been no negative consequences. /sarc

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 24, 2012 12:29:57 PM

  18. Somebody better take Jimmy LaSalvia a dry pair of panties.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 24, 2012 12:31:29 PM

  19. Somebody better take Jimmy LaSalvia a dry pair of panties.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 24, 2012 12:31:29 PM

  20. Don't make the mistake of thinking this is a sign that Ryan is in any way pro-gay. He isn't, he's just admitting the political reality that reinstating DADT is so problematic as to be nearly impossible.

    For one thing it would be opposed by the military itself, even by those commanders who are anti-gay. The gays-in-the-military issue has been around at least since the 80s and a LOT of time has been wasted on it. Now that it's over and done, no one wants the hassle of dealing with it all over again. Plus they know that any reinstatement of DADT or a similar policy would only be temporary, contingent on the winds of political change, and they've got better things to do.

    One of the main reasons I was so interested in the repeal of DADT is that I believe gays serving openly in the military will bring about changes in all walks of life. Once openly gay people have "served their country" in the military, how are you going to deny them all the rights others have? You can't. I look forward to the day that a currently serving person in the military sues over not being able to marry.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 24, 2012 12:58:51 PM

  21. This means nothing when the teapublican platform says otherwise.

    Let them reinstate DADT, so the armed forces can lose even more highly skilled individuals, before romney starts a war with Iran or the entire Middle East.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 24, 2012 1:14:02 PM

  22. Ryan is a weasel and a narrow minded idealogue. But he does recognize one thing. After telling a hundred thousand soldiers that it's OK to stop hiding, none of them can unhide. You can't Not Tell if you've already told.

    Santorum, being even more stupid and narrow minded than Ryan, did explicity say he would reinstate DADT, but not kick out anyone who came out under it. It would just be OK to harass and beat them up and deny them promotions and stuff like that I guess. And only kick out the new ones who sneaked in.

    Posted by: emjayay | Sep 24, 2012 2:01:19 PM

  23. Ryan's comment is in line with Romney's on DADT. They disapprove, but the genie is out of the bottle. Both justify their voting or talking against DADT repeal because the army shouldn't be doing "social engineering" and/or if they do it shoudn't be when wars are going on, but in some mythical future era a world peace.

    Of course, one war, two wars, no wars....it turned out to not be much of a problem at all after decades of talk about unit cohesion and showers and close quarters in submarines and foxholes and everything else they came up with.

    Posted by: emjayay | Sep 24, 2012 2:11:45 PM

  24. I'm getting sick of his 'deer-in-the-headlights' look.

    Posted by: Cliff | Sep 24, 2012 4:06:46 PM

  25. Hmmm interesting- maybe there is a brain in there after all- Ryan may also be setting himself up for 2016 is the Moneymitt ship hits the iceberg in November.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 24, 2012 4:33:40 PM

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