Candidates split on 'don't ask, don't tell'

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

JUNEAU - The major candidates in Alaska's Senate race are split on whether the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy should be repealed.

Republican nominee Joe Miller, who served in the Army, said during the KTUU debate Sunday that the matter should be left to the military. His GOP rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, said Congress owes it to service men and women to hear what they want before acting. Democrat Scott McAdams says he supports repeal.

"Don't ask, don't tell" has re-emerged as an election year issue. A judge recently overturned it, and the U.S. Defense Department later declared that while "don't ask, don't tell" is official policy, a new system was being established that could make it tougher for openly gay service members to be dismissed.

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