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Which Republicans voted to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'?

Last night's 234-194 vote in the House to begin a process ending "don't ask, don't tell" attracted five Republican voters: Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), Rep. Charles Djou (R-Ha.), Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

The Paul votes comes as a surprise. Three years ago, as a presidential candidate, Paul told conservative radio host John Lofton that he supported "don't ask, don't tell."

Since we cannot have only perfect people going in the military I want to separate the two because I don't want to know the heterosexual flaws, nor the homosexual flaws and that's why I got in some trouble with some of the civil libertarians because I don't have any problem with "don't ask, don't tell." Because I don't think that, for the practicality of running a military, I'd just as soon not know every serious thing that any heterosexual or homosexual did, and those flaws have to do with all our flaws because each and everyone one of us has those imperfections.

He'd said similar things to other people. So this vote was a real surprise.

By David Weigel  |  May 28, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Congress , Gay , Ron Paul  
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