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Rick Santorum pledges to restore ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, March 18, 2012

While sitting down with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Rick Santorum doubled down on his commitment to bring back the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

Perkins, a staunch opponent of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s repeal, said the Obama administration “has systematically used this military for social experimentation” by “overturning the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and forcing open homosexuality on the military,” asking Santorum if he would “reverse” the repeal.

Santorum said the repeal was “not in the best interest of our men and women in uniform” and pledged to restore Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but added, “that doesn’t mean that people who are gays and lesbians can’t serve.”

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56 more reader comments:

  1. Douche! >.<

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:51pm
  2. Booo.!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:52pm
  3. Ugh. RME. Not surprised. He would. Clearly he’s threatened by gay people for some unknown reason.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:52pm
  4. what an ass. i won’t be voting for him. at this rate i won’t be voting at all this year.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:52pm
  5. Reasons number 4983039832 for why I won’t be voting for him. :D

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:52pm
  6. I pledge to make sure he never does.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  7. He’s irrelevant

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  8. look up the word “santorum”,he is all of it and more

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  9. MJ, there is really no reason to vote for obama or any of the repugs.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  10. Screw Rick Santorum!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  11. What a friggin’ idiot

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  12. Santorum needs to just come out of the closet already. All he seems to do is bash the GLBT community! Why?! You know what they say about the squeaky wheel…

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  13. ron paul!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:53pm
  14. He is dumber than he looks

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:54pm
  15. wheres a dislike button when ya need one?…

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:54pm
  16. I CANT STAAND HIM

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:54pm
  17. Well let us spread the truth and rudeness of this guy and maybe he won’t get many votes..remeber word of mouth if the best way to go:)

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:54pm
  18. @Sean, yeah now if only Ron wasn’t all about hating women and being against my rights!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:54pm
  19. If you’re rooting for Ron Paul over Santorum because you think he’s more moderate, PLEASE READ HIS PLATFORM. RP is a white supremacist, a homophobe, and a bigot.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  20. Hey, Rick Santorum…. FUCK YOU.
    I’m writing a letter to him now.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  21. He already wasn’t gonna get my vote…but this just helps solidify my decision

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  22. Hey Rick, you are a bully. Period.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  23. Well, not a letter, but a very stern email. Lol.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  24. The face of the crumbling GOP

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:55pm
  25. Suck Fantorum

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:56pm
  26. Asshole

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:56pm
  27. Fuck he makes me mad! And im in australia!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:56pm
  28. Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:56pm
  29. PO Box 37
    Verona, PA 15147

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:56pm
  30. the closet’s gettin’ pretty stuffy, Santorum.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:57pm
  31. rick santorm can go to hell and climb back under a rock

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:57pm
  32. what is wrong with this country that a man like this can be a actual runner in the American political system? anywhere elce he would not stand a chance…. thats it I’m moving to Canada!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:57pm
  33. gross

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:58pm
  34. For those who say “I’m just not going to vote”, at least vote AGAINST the one you dislike most. SOMEONE is going to win (you not voting won’t change that), so try to make sure it’s NOT the person you really, really, really hate.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:59pm
  35. some one needs to drag him off the stage

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:01pm
  36. Obama is our only chance!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  37. I pledge to have the greatest party I have ever held if Santorum gets the nomination. Please republicons, please!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  38. If you can vote, vote for Obama!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  39. I don’t understand. Why can’t he just leave LGBTQ people alone? We do. Why does he think he has the right to take away out hard earned rights, rights that should be ours to begin with. I know that he thinks he’s “saving us” from our sins but what he’s really doing is making himself a bigot and a hate monger.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  40. how can someone so breathtakingly stupid even figure out how to spell his name, much less run for president? don’t we have some kind of… IQ test in place?

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  41. … The Backwards candidate … ass backwards

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  42. He is a sad clown!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:03pm
  43. giant douche!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:04pm
  44. he has absolutely no chance of ever being elected to politics again..

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:04pm
  45. *scoffs*

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:05pm
  46. Didn’t he say he was going to get rid of Planned Parenthood?….and various other things…no one is really very good to vote for…i surely don’t want this asshole.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:05pm
  47. I pledge to not vote for him.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:06pm
  48. I feel like if Santorum acutally gets the nomination, Obama just needs to set up a huge screen at his rallies, show videos of Santorum speaking and be like “lOLOLOL. This is who I’m up against!! ISN’T IT FUCKING FUNNY!? SEE YOU NEXT TERM, BITCHES!” and walk out. Facts.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:07pm
  49. He truly is living up to Dan Savage’s redefining of his name.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:08pm
  50. Aren’t I lucky to live in Canada?
    But on a more serious note, fellow members of the LGBTQ community, please vote. Make sure your voice is heard and make it loud. If you are able to vote, vote for the best possible candidate! It will make it easier.

    I hope one day, you have the same oppurtunities I do. But I can say, we may have legalized marriage, but not every province is equal when it comes to rights.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:09pm
  51. He couldn’t do it even if he wanted to.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:09pm
  52. What a douche bag. Not getting my vote.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:12pm
  53. I see this as an economic stimulus. Now foreign folks can come over and watch the fucking freak show!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:22pm
  54. Listen to the way the interviewer set that up. “Forcing the military into open homosexuality.” That’s crappy interviewing. Like he’ll ever get my vote.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:31pm
  55. I am mass sending this message to all of his supporting inboxes 8]
    Hello Rick Santorum supporters.
    I just read online that Rick Santorum plans on restoring “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
    What is wrong with it being repealed? I feel like this plan is completely bent on oppression of homosexuals, and Santorum is only doing this to garner popularity among homophobic Conservatives.
    Is a hate-based society what Santorum is going for? Because I see no reason for which he should be president except to foster an even more bi-partisan goverment.
    Before trying to further drown fundamental rights, maybe Santorum should be attempting to repair the important problems in this country.
    And, if religion is your defense……. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven,” Luke 6:37.
    Have a great, great, great, great, great day.

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 11:43pm
  56. Haha and you think the soldiers sailors airmen and marines are going to vote for you ? NOT quick fucking with the military we are getting sick and tired of you bigots tearing up the constitution that we pledged to defend and we will do so if we have to for each and every citizen out there

    Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 2:37pm