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Valerie Jarrett Reacts to Dan Choi

Valerie Jarrett Reacts to Dan Choi


White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett reiterated Thursday that President Barack Obama is committed to repealing "don't ask, don't tell," despite the Justice Department's ongoing effort to defend the military's policy in federal court.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Jarrett whether the vote in the Senate would happen during the lame-duck session after the election, since it seems the Republicans will gain control of Congress in the November vote. Jarrett said the move to repeal DADT should not be a partisan issue, and the policy should be repealed whether under Republican or Democratic rule.

Earlier on Thursday, Lt. Dan Choi appeared on CNN to share his feelings on the Justice Department's move to defend the law. He said he doesn't believe the White House is committed to repealing "don't ask, don't tell" and that he will not support Obama's reelection campaign in 2012.

"I have a message for Valerie Jarrett and all those politicians in the White House. You have lost my trust, and I am not going to vote for Barack Obama after what he did yesterday," Choi said.

Jarrett said she and Democratic leaders share his frustration but that the frustration should be focused on Congress, to encourage members to move forward on the repeal.

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