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Santorum Pledges To Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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ThinkProgress filed this report from Concord, New Hampshire.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has joined fellow potential Republican presidential contenders Haley Barbour (R-MS), Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Mike Huckabee (R-AR) in supporting the reinstatement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, telling me on Friday in Concord, New Hampshire that he supports bringing back the policy:

VOLSKY: Senator, on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I know you opposed the policy. Would you bring it back if you were president? Would you reinstate it?

SANTORUM: Yea, I would.

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Santorum’s comments come just days after the nation’s service chiefs testified that they have not encountered any problems in implementing repeal of the ban. As Marine Commandant Gen Jame Amos — one of the harshest critics of repeal — admitted, “to be honest with you, Chairman, we’ve not seen it…there hasn’t been the recalcitrant push back, there hasn’t been the anxiety over it from the forces in the field.”

Last year, Santorum suggested that he wouldn’t trust the service chiefs’ assessment because they may have been “indoctrinated” by liberalism. “I’m worried when many people will stand up and say, ‘well whatever the Generals want.’ I’m not too sure that we haven’t indoctrinated the Officer Corps in this country that they can actually see straight to make the right decisions.”

Of the four Republicans who have publicly called for reinstating the ban, only Pawlenty has called for recalling the funds necessary for implementing repeal. None of the presidential hopefuls explained how bringing back the policy would actually play out operationally, however.

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