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Bachmann would reinstate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

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Jeff Poor
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The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy officially ended Sept. 20 without much attention, but it’s a policy that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will seek to reinstate if elected president.

In an appearance on Thursday night’s “Center Seat” segment on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Bachmann explained why.

“I would reinstate it because the military is not a social experiment,” she said. “It is a very serious duty of the United States government. We need to maintain order and decorum. In the United States military, there was disagreement on the policy and I would reinstate it.”

Bachmann explained that, as president, she would first consider whether any negative effects had actually occurred as a result of the policy’s repeal, but said that as of Oct. 6, she would reinstate the policy.

“Well, of course we would have to take that into consideration,” she said. “But if you’re asking me today what would I do — I would reinstate it.”

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