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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. Last I checked, troops are always in harm's way so if you go by the statement of some who say pick a better time, there will never be a "good time" to repeal DADT so its good they didn't.

    Posted by: justandra | Sep 24, 2012 6:39:13 PM

  2. This just means Paul Ryan can count. 80% of the populace supported the repeal of DOMA back when it was repealed -- it's probably an even higher number now.

    I imagine DADT's repeal polls higher than oxygen.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 24, 2012 10:17:55 PM

  3. I am a gay Navy veteran. There are,at least,tens of thousands of gay veteran. I think most of them would join me in saying: Shove it Ryan, You were WRONG!!!

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 24, 2012 11:24:40 PM

  4. Why doesn't he just admit the fears of the right wing (including him) about the repeal of DADT were totally wrong? The negative effects of repeal amounted to nothing. What Mr. Ryan really needs to do is repudiate the homophobic Republican platform, which seeks to relegate us to 3rd class citizenship. I would be willing to listen to the Republican message on lower taxes, smaller government, and individual initiative. But I absolutely will vote for President Obama and the entire Democratic ticket. I know the President has my back, and the Republicans cannot be trusted. A pox on the homophobic Republican Party. Obama-Biden, 2012!

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 24, 2012 11:44:37 PM

  5. I know that 9 December 2011 is a very long time ago given Romney's fetish for flip-flops. However, here is a link where Romney states he is against reinstating DADT:

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 25, 2012 7:49:44 AM

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