Paul Ryan on DADT repeal: It's done, time to move on

Tue. September 25, 2012 1:06 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

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West Palm Beach, FL - Paul Ryan has for the first time weighed in on the first anniversary of repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," telling a Florida network that "It's done."

The GOP vice presidential candidate said he opposed repeal of the law which for 18 years banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly but added that undoing the change would harm gay troops.

"I talked to a lot of good friends of mine who are combat leaders in the theater and they just didn't think the timing of this was right to do this when our troops were in the middle of harm's way in combat," Ryan told NBC affiliate WPTV.

"Now that it's done, we should not reverse it."

"I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. So, I think the issue is past us. It's done. And, I think we need to move on," he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Ryan's views reflect those of Mitt Romney, who has also said he was only opposed to the change's timing.

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