Paul Ryan On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: ‘I Think We Need To Move On’

Think Progress | Zack Ford | 09/24/12

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. AP photo

In an interview with WPTV of West Palm Beach, Florida, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) said that even though he opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he believes that the issue is “past us” and it would be a “step in the wrong direction” to undo that repeal:

RYAN: 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.

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. So, I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And, I think we need to move on.

Mitt Romney has similarly said that repeal should be left alone. But two weeks ago, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said the opposite: that the Republican Party would pursue reinstating the discriminatory military policy if it takes control in Washington. A new study shows that a full year of gay and lesbian open service has had no negative effecton military readiness.

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