Gibbs on DADT: 'We'll keep trying'

The White House reacted with disappointment and frustration Tuesday to the Senate's failure to move to debate on the defense authorization bill which contains the DREAM Act and a repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT).

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs rejected the suggestion that DADT will not be repealed after Republicans successfully blocked the measure, saying "We'll keep trying."

Gibbs also said the measure could be considered during a lame-duck session, but he cautioned that White House officials have not thoroughly discussed a strategy for a post-November session.

With the inclusion of the DADT repeal, the authorization bill has taken on new significance for Democrats and liberal allies of the Obama White House.

Gibbs repeated Tuesday that Obama has long thought the ban on gays in the military is unfair, and the spokesman said the president will continue to work with the Senate and the Pentagon to bring the repeal to fruition.

"I don't think this is the end," Gibbs said.

Gibbs lamented the Republican filibuster that stopped the measure, saying that "60 is the new 50, and I don't mean age."

But when asked if he thought Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump presses GOP to change Senate rules Only thing Defense’s UFO probe proves is power of political favors Nevada Democrat accused of sexual harassment reconsiders retirement: report MORE should open debate to win the support of Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Overnight Health Care: House leaves out ObamaCare fix from funding bill | Trump appointees pushed to end teen pregnancy program | Key Dem raises concerns over potential CDC pick MORE, Gibbs said that doing so would only create a "grab bag of ideas" that are better suited for another time.