Former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has accused military leaders of being “blinded” by political correctness on the question of whether to repeal “don't ask, don't tell,” the law that forbids gay troops from serving openly.

Santorum made his remarks on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC.

When a self-identified “army wife” asked Santorum his thoughts on the policy, the anti-gay Republican first suggested that gay men and lesbians could simply not enter the military.

“The military is there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to protect and defend the United States of America. We have a volunteer army. They can un-volunteer too.”

He then suggested that political correctness had infiltrated the military.

“Political correctness is reigning in the military right now,” Santorum added. “Some people say: Whatever the generals say. I'm not too sure that we haven't so indoctrinated the officer corps in this country that they can actually see straight to make the right decision.”

While the line went over well at the three-day conservative meet-up, it did little to help Santorum's presidential standing with the crowd. According to the CPAC presidential straw poll, only 2% support Santorum as their candidate in 2012. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican, won that honor, capturing 31% of the vote.