Candidates in Illinois US Senate Race divided on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Illinois’ Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate want to overturn the nation’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays serving in the military, but they’re divided on the urgency of making the change.

Alexi Giannoulias said last week that he doesn’t argue with the Obama administration’s decision to delay action. Three other candidates, however, said they think the policy should be dropped immediately.

“These are patriotic Americans who should not be discriminated against,” said one Democrat, Chicago’s former inspector general David Hoffman. “While this policy change needs to be coordinated with military leaders, it should be done as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, two Republican candidates said they support keeping the policy in place.