Pawlenty would support reinstating 'Don't ask, don't tell'

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) would seek to reinstate the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members, he said Wednesday.

Pawlenty, a possible candidate for president in 2012, said that he would favor reinstating the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

"I have been a public supporter of maintaining "Don’t ask, don’t tell" and I would support reinstating it as well," Pawlenty told radio host Bryan Fischer in an interview.

Reinstating the ban would require an act of Congress, since the House and Senate voted late last year to end the policy. That legislation made its way to President Obama for signature with the support of some congressional Republicans. That means that even if Pawlenty were to win the White House in 2012, he'd face a tough time winning the votes to reinstate the ban.

One critic of the "Don't ask" repeal, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has already pivoted on the policy. He said last week that he "will do everything I can to make it work."

(H/T Igor Volsky)