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Question: Should the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” debate be more prominent?

Neil Giuliano: Well I don’t know if it needs to be in public dialogue, to be truthful, because the reality is every poll shows that more than 70% of the American public believe that don’t ask, don’t tell needs to go away, that it’s not a good policy, it’s a flawed policy, and it’s not necessary. So really where the conversation needs to happen is with 535, really 536 individuals: 435 members of Congress, 100 senators and whoever’s the President of the United States, because those are the individuals who need to changethis policy and need to do the right thing and get rid of this policy. America is already there, America is already saying in large numbers that this is a policy that has not worked, doesn’t serve a purpose and needs to be gone.



Recorded on: Mar 4 2008





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