Rick Perry: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy ‘worked very well’
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry said on Tuesday that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting gay members of the military, which was repealed last year, “worked very well.” He also accused President Obama of repealing the 18-year-old law to pan to his political base.
“A president of the United States changing a policy that was working well and to do it while we were at war in two different theaters, I think it was irresponsible and I truly think that he did it to respond to his political base,” Perry said.
The Texas governor was among the Republican candidates being interviewed Tuesday as part of a joint venture between ABC News and Yahoo. He spoke with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour from his home in Texas.
“I think the idea that the president of the United States wanted to make a political statement using our men and women in the military as the tool for that was irresponsible,” Perry told ABC News.
When asked if he would have been comfortable serving alongside a gay soldier when he was in the military, Perry responded, “If an individual in their private life makes a decision about their sexuality … that’s their business.That’s the reason ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was in fact a workable policy and that’s why I would be comfortable with our country going back to that.”
Perry had served in the U.S. Air Force.