Don't Ask, Don't Tell

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related terms ("don't ask don't tell", "dont ask dont tell", "dadt", "da-dt", "gays in the military") have been used a total of 71 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: Gay rights remain among the social issues that divide Republicans from Democrats, and whether homosexuals should be allowed to openly serve in the military is a key part of that debate. Most Republicans say no. Most Democrats say yes.

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Marco Rubio (R)

2,0,0,0,1,0,1,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 4 uses since Aug. 30

Tarryl Clark (D)

0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (up 0% from last week)
  • Overall: 0 uses since Aug. 30

Democrats

8,40,9,0,3,4,0,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (up 0% from last week)
  • Overall: 64 uses since Aug. 30

Candidates

10,17,3,0,3,3,1,0

  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 37 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

...Reversal From Just Three Days Earlier.” “Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he supports repealing the military's ‘don't ask, don't tell’ policy – a reversal from just three days earlier, when Crist told reporters he thought the policy ‘has worked...

Marco Rubio , via RSS (October 26)

...suggests he’s more open to gay adoption. It also calls for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ policy for gays in the military and support for domestic partner benefits and civil unions. ‘It’s more of an appropriate evolution,’ Crist said this morning....

Marco Rubio , via RSS (October 6)

...BLOG POST: A True Fighter for Equality http://bit.ly/9xR0x3 #lgbt #dadt #ilsen #p2...

Alexi Giannoulias , via Twitter (September 27)

...Fed judge: Military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy violates 1st Amendment rights of gays - latimes - STAFF: Proud that Senator Boxer recommended Judge Virginia...

Barbara Boxer, via Facebook (September 10)

...Fed judge: Military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy violates 1st Amendment rights of gays - latimes - STAFF: Proud that Senator Boxer recommended Judge Virginia...

Barbara Boxer, via Facebook (September 10)

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