Rudy Giuliani called on Republicans to “ease up a little bit” on social issues like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that while he opposed ending the ban at the height of the Iraq war, “you can probably accomplish it now”:
GIULIANI: I didn’t see [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] as a big issue in this. The social issues were not in this. So maybe that’s an area where Republican can ease up a little bit and not …
BLITZER: But you support gay rights?
GIULIANI: I do.
BLITZER: So you would get rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
GIULIANI: My feeling about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was, in the middle of the height of the Iraq war, not a good time to do it. We’re not in the middle of the height of the Iraq war. Afghanistan is a different kind of thing. You could probably accomplish it now. It’s eventually going to happen and it seems to me that it gets my party out of this anti-gay, feeling that we’re being unfair to people who are gay.
Several moderate Republicans have said they would support repealing the ban if the Pentagon’s study of the issue showed that ending the policy would not undermine unit cohesion or military readiness. Military sources that have seen a copy of the report — which is due to come out December 1 — indicate that it would not.