Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has joined former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in calling for the reinstatement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

In January, Pawlenty told the American Family Association's (AFA) Bryan Fischer that as president he would work to reinstate the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

On his radio program, Fischer asked Pawlenty if he would sign a bill that would bring back the gay ban.

“I've been a public supporter of maintaining 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and I would support reinstating it as well,” Pawlenty said.

Now a second Republican considering a run at the White House has backed the idea.

When asked by the AFA's One News Now if he would support reinstatement, Huckabee answered: “I would – because that's really what the military wants. There's been some talk that the military is fine with having same-sex orientation people. But if you really surveyed the combat troops, that is not at all the case.”

The former Baptist minister added that soldiers, not politicians, should decide the issue.

“I don't think that these are decisions that politicians should make,” he said. “These are decisions that soldiers should make. And when the soldiers in the foxholes make the decisions, they choose something different – and we should listen to them.”