Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio has called for the reinstatement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should his party win the House, Senate and Presidency in November. His push to reinstate DADT does not include grandfathering in those who have already come out including Brigadier General Tammy Smith.
KEYES: Is [Don't Ask Don't Tell] something that you think the GOP will pursue reinstating starting in 2013 if they take control?
JORDAN: I wasn’t for making the change that was made last few years ago in the lame duck session. I was certainly opposed to that, the change that the Obama administration made. We’ll look at guidance from our military, but I’m certainly supportive of going back to the previous policy.
KEYES: What about those service-members who have already announced their sexual orientation? Are they going to get kicked out?
JORDAN: That’s a military question. I’d have to think about how that would work in practice.
Jordan is the chair of the Republican Study Committee, which is dedicated to pushing conservative causes within the GOP and wields major influence inside the GOP caucus.
In pushing the reinstatement of DADT, Jordan would be in opposition to the military leadership. Recent studies have shown that the repeal of DADT actually increased morale and unit cohesion rather than caused it to decrease.
Several Republicans have called for the reinstating of DADT as part of their attempts to woo the Religious Right.