Boehner: Wrong time to debate ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
The Congress shouldn’t even consider policy changes offering equality for homosexuals while the country is facing a recession and two wars, according to the House Minority Leader.
NBC’s David Gregory asked Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to comment about President Barack Obama’s call to end the military’s controversial policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Rep. Boehner believes now is the wrong time.
“In the middle of two wars and in the middle of this giant security threat, why would we want to get into this debate?” Boehner asked, rhetorically.
“At a time when Americans are asking ‘where are the jobs,’ why do we want to get in this debate?” he continued.
He added, “While we’re fighting over health care and trying to find some way to come to some common ground, why do we want to get into a divisive debate that will do nothing more than distract the real debate that should occur here about helping to get our economy going again and getting American people back to work?”
As a professional American TV journalist, it was Gregory’s duty to “leave it there.”
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 31, 2010.