Rick Perry on Wednesday reiterated his position that if elected president he would reinstate “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the recently ended policy that for 18 years banned gay and bisexual service members from serving openly.

During an appearance on CNN's Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer asked Perry if he would reinstate the ban.

“Absolutely,” Perry replied. “I think 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' worked fine.”

He went on to accuse President Barack Obama of using the military for his political gain.

“[T]his president to use the military, and he's used the military twice, Wolf, and both times I think to get support from his base. But particularly on the gays in the military issue, he made the decision that he was going to respond to his base by pushing through and pushing through Congress when he had the votes to allow for individuals to openly serve as gay members of the military. I didn't agree with that. We have two wars going on, the unit cohesiveness, the problems that that can cause, those are real.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Perry also said he believes religious organizations should be free to “choose” to discriminate against gay people.

(Related: Rick Perry links faith to anti-gay sentiment in new ad.)