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Tim Pawlenty Wants To Return Military Policy On Gays To Where It Was 1 Month Ago

Although one awful web video does not, alone, sink a presidential candidate’s chances of running a decent campaign, Sarah Palin is doing a fine job of digging herself into the ground. Which is good news for Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who was floated as a potential John McCain running mate, whose intention for angling to become the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee isn’t exactly a secret. So what fun things might Pawlenty have in store for American if he were to take office in January 2013? Oh, just the return of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Hitting up the radio show of the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, Pawlenty ran through a whole slew of homosexual topics. Fun!

Like marriage:

I believe strongly in traditional marriage. I was co-author of the law in Minnesota that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. I’ve been a vocal supporter of an amendment in Minnesota that would put that into our constitution. I hope that the day comes when it is put before the voters of Minnesota.

And gays in the military:

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.

Don’t worry, Tim. For the time being there’s nothing to reinstate!

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  • gregger

    Asshat bigot.

  • christopher di spirito

    Pawlenty is just another rightwing doll boy. I couldn’t fathom how The Advocate placed Minneapolis at Number One for gay cities.

    I mean, seriously?

  • John

    And we keep pretending there’s no difference between the GOP candidates and Obama?

  • BenFrankly

    Dear Gov. Pawlenty:

    Just heard your interview with The American Family Association. LOL. You lose!

    LOL. Ha! Ha! Well that’s one Republican candidate in the trash can. Well, now that we know who you are you shouldn’t waste any money on running for President. You declared in no uncertain terms you are a social conservative who wants to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. So to me, you just blew any chances to become President. You can become an evangelical and prance around in fancy robes, but President??. Bwahahahaha…bye bye Tim…we hardly knew ye.

    When will you people get it?! Fiscal Conservative/Social LIberal = winner. As long as you insist on dividing people and taking away their civil rights because you think evangelical Christians will vote for you, you can forget ever being President of the United States.

    Don’t mistake the repudiation of Democrats in the fall election as the green light for the radical social conservative agenda. That’s a big mistake and will put you in the same category as Anita Bryant – on the trash heap of history.

  • Zach


    There’s plenty of things to knock Obama on concerning gay rights, but I think it’s obvious that some people will never be satisfied no matter how much is done. There’s always something to complain about.

  • [email protected]

    Uh, NOTHING has changed in the “Military Policy On Gays [from] Where It Was 1 Month Ago.”

    “Troops remain at risk under the law. Our service member hotline has not silenced. Since the President signed legislation, 135 service members and veterans have contacted our legal team for help.” – SLDN.

    Granted, it’s SUPPOSED to be changing eventually, but at the rate the Pentagon’s going, there may be nothing in 2012 for pig Pawlenty to promise to revert to.

  • Eric

    @christopher di spirito:

    Most of Minneapolis hates TPaw. In fact, most of Minnesota does. He ran our state into the ground (even before the recession). Polls put him as losing to Obama in 2012 in Minnesota. Losing your own state, that’s low.

  • tjr101

    I just love being reminded why I’m not Republican!

  • Jeffree

    Has Pawpaw-lenty EVER had an original thought in his lifetime? The answer is, ummm, NO. He’s still reading off talking points from about 2000 if not prior.

  • testington

    @christopher di spirito: I have lived in Minneapolis for the past 4 years, and it is very much deserving of being #1 city for GLBT people. For it’s size it has a HUGE gay population, it is weird when I visit bigger cities and find they have less of a gay community. Also, Tim Pawlenty didn’t win the vote in Minneapolis, he won it from the rich suburbs and rural areas. The Twin Cities themselves almost always vote Democrat.

  • robert in NYC

    Barbara Walters and Jon Stewart invited this moronic bigot on their shows to promote his book. Sometimes I wonder why so called “progressive democrats” give air time to these right wing wackos. What’s that all about? The least publicity these intellectually deficient nutjobs get the better. They are in fact proof that devolution exists after all.

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