Texas Governor Rick Perry has a few problems with the way President Obama has been running the country. In a recent interview, the GOP presidential hopeful called Obama’s decision to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell irresponsible.
Perry said that a person’s sexuality shouldn’t be an issue in the military. Perry said that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was working well and that Obama only repealed the anti-gay legislation for political reasons and not because it was good for the military.
Perry told Christiane Amanpour of ABC News:
“I think you go back to commanders in the field and have that conversation. I think Don’t Ask Don’t Tell worked very well… Changing a policy that was working well and to do it while we were at war in two different theaters, I think was irresponsible and I truly believe he did it to respond to his political base.”
Perry, who served in the Air Force, said that a person’s sexuality is no one’s business but their own. Perry said:
“If an individual in their private life makes a decision about their sexuality from the standpoint of how they’re going to practice it, that’s their business. I don’t think that question needs to be asked. That’s reason don’t ask don’t tell was in fact a workable policy and that’s where I would be comfortable with our country going back to that.”
Here’s a video of Rick Perry’s interview with Christiane Amanpour.
When Obama repealed DADT last December, he said:
“No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”
Do you agree with Rick Perry? Did Obama make a mistake by repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?
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