The political infighting inside the Republican Party continued as GOP vice-presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan told WPTV, an NBC affiliate, that reinstating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would be a bad idea. Ryan voted against repealing DADT back in 2010.
Ryan stated that “I talked to a lot of good friends of mine who are combat leaders in the theater, and they just didn’t think the timing of this was right to do this when our troops were in the middle of harm’s way in combat. Now that it’s done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And I think we need to move on.”
Back in 2011, Romney made similar statements saying “That’s already occurred. I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage. I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, due to the complicating features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on, but those wars are winding down, and moving in that direction at this stage no longer presents that problem.”
That is not stopping other Republicans from pushing to reinstate the policy and law. Representative Jim Jordan is the latest to call for reinstating DADT despite evidence showing that nothing bad has happened since it was repealed.