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Rossi: Don’t ask, don’t tell ‘seems to have been working’

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 28, 2010 at 9:49 am |
May 28, 2010 10:00 am

Dino Rossi told me in an interview Thursday evening that Congressional votes to allow gays to serve openly in the military are premature.

“’Don’t ask, don’t tell’ seems to have been working,” the Republican U.S. Senate candidate said, “but there’s a review in place right now, and I  think this shouldn’t be made up on political promises by candidates, it should be made looking, talking to the men and women in the field who are actually defending America.”

The House and a Senate committee both voted Thursday to end “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The military is studying the issue.

Before his speech at a forum for Republican legislative candidates in the 28th District, Rossi talked about a wide range of issues. It was his 24th interview of the day, he said. Among Rossi’s comments on his first day giving interviews as a candidate:

  • Rossi told me abolishing the U.S. Department of Education, GOP rival Clint Didier‘s top priority, is “not part of my agenda,” though he stopped short of opposing the idea. More in today’s News Tribune story.
  • He criticized the financial regulation legislation moving through Congress for not taking on mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He didn’t take a position, though, on the bill that passed the Senate last week. Nor is he yet sure whether banks should be made to spin off their derivatives operations or whether investment banks should be separated from commercial banks, key questions in the financial reform debate.
  • He told the Seattle Times he would not seek earmarks for Washington.
  • He supports a temporary ban on offshore oil drilling, but not a permanent one, the Times and King 5 News reported.
  • He didn’t take a position on Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration, but he understands it was “born of frustration,” he told the Associated Press.
  • He dislikes proposals to add new limits on election spending by corporations and unions in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance, he told seattlepi.com.
“Don’t ask don’t tell seems to have been working, but there’s a review in place right now and I think this shouldn’t be made up on potloicial promnisies by candidteaes, it should be made looking, talking to the men and women in the field, who are actually defending America”
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