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Hastings on MSNBC: White House says "time is not right" for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" fight

Rep. Alcee Hastings tells MSNBC's Rachel Maddow why he withdrew his amendment to stop spending money on enforcing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that boots gays from serving in the Armed Forces.

He says he never spoke to President Barack Obama about it, but that White House officials made it clear to him they wanted him to yank the provision and "the time is not right." 

"My view is the time is now to eliminate this bigoted law," he said, adding that he hasn't heard what Obama plans to do about provision -- which he's said he opposed.