Rick Santorum on Sunday said as president he would work to reinstate “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy that banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, media watchdog RightWingWatch.org reported.

Speaking at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, Santorum and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins were introduced by Dennis Terry, senior pastor at the church.

Perkins, whose group strongly opposed repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” said the Obama Administration “has systematically used this military for social experimentation” by “overturning the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and forcing open homosexuality on the military.”

“Will you reverse that policy?” Perkins asked.

“I think [I am] the only one that's publicly stated that I would reverse that policy,” Santorum answered. “I don't think anybody else in this race has said they would do that.”

“I don't believe that it's in the best interest of our men and women in uniform. That doesn't mean that people who are gays and lesbians can't serve. They can serve in the context what I think everybody in the military should do. Keep their own private matters to themselves and serve this country accordingly.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Rick Santorum calls DADT repeal a “tragic social experiment.”)