Pawlenty Says He Would Support Reinstating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

January 13, 2011 1:52 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Tim Pawlenty

Before appearing on the Daily Show last night, Tim Pawlenty sat down for a radio interview with the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer. Attempting to beef up his socially conservative bona fides in advance of a possible presidential run, Pawlenty touted his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and even suggested that he would attempt to reinstate the military's ban on openly gay troops if elected to the White House:

FISCHER: One last question, got about forty five seconds left, put you on the hot seat one more time: we just saw the ban on homosexual service in the military repealed, overturned. Conservatives will be working over the next couple of years to see that that ban is reinstated. If you become president in 2012, will you work to reinstate the prohibition on open homosexual service in the military? Would you sign such a prohibition if it got to your desk?

PAWLENTY: Bryan, I have been a public and repeat supporter of maintaining Don't Ask, Don't Tell. There's a lot of reasons for that, but if you look at how the combat commanders and the combat units feel about it, the results of those kinds of surveys were different than the ones that were mostly reported in the newspaper and that is something I think we need to pay attention to. But I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don't Ask, Don't Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.

Also note that Fischer isn't just a run-of-the-mill radio host; the AFA's "Director of Issues Analysis" has stated previously that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism and advocated the deportation of the entire Muslim community. And yet, Pawlenty would cast his lot with Fischer instead of the vast majority of Americans who supported the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

(h/t: Right Wing Watch)