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Gillibrand Moves to Shore Up Liberal Support

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s latest attempt to shore up support from New York’s liberal Democratic base in advance of the 2010 election came Monday when Gillibrand touted an upcoming Armed Services hearing probing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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“This policy is wrong for our national security and wrong for the moral foundation upon which our country was founded,'” Gillibrand, who is pushing for a repeal of Clinton-era the policy, said in a statement announcing that Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin had agreed to hold the hearing in the fall.

“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an unfair, outdated measure that violates the civil rights of some of our bravest, most heroic men and women. By repealing this policy, we will increase America’s strength – both militarily and morally.”

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