In a radio interview, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (R) told Bryan Fischer, “director of issues analysis” for the conservative American Family Association, that he’d restore “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that threw out more than 14,000 gay military personnel since 1993 before being repealed last December. According to Barbour, a potential Republican presidential candidate, the repeal means that soldiers under fire might be distracted by an "amorous mindset." Listen:
BARBOUR: When you're under fire, and people are living and dying on split-second decisions, you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can affect saving people's lives and killing bad guys. You look at the data and it is the foot-soldier, it is the person who is out there, boots on the ground, who is most against this. And it's because they live or die with this. And that's who we ought to be listening to, that's who we ought to be caring about, and that's why I am against it. I think it ought to be rolled back.
According to a Pentagon study issued before repeal, the majority of those in uniform supported ending the ban. Barbour is joined by potential Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee in wanting to restore "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." (h/t TPM)