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John McCain on Meet The Press: 'There Are Many In The Military Who Do Not Want To' Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


Including himself.

On today's Meet the Press, David Gregory asked Senator John McCain why Admiral Mullen's statements aren't enough to satisfy his 2006 statement that if military leaders say the policy should be changed, that's what should happen.

McCain: "As I said back then, we need to have a careful examination. And Admiral Mullen was, as quote, speaking personally. Just this week the commandant of the Marine Corps said that he did not want DADT repealed. There are many in the military who do not want to. We are going to go through, hopefully, a year-long study that will, hopefully, also, have the feelings of the men and women who are serving."


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  1. I've stopped caring what John McCain says or thinks a long time ago.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 28, 2010 11:30:41 AM

  2. The dinosaurs never saw the asteroid coming either, John...

    Posted by: Alexander | Feb 28, 2010 11:35:13 AM

  3. I applaud you, Towleroad, for the practically instantaneous way you bring this type of information to us.

    I doubt this will appear on some other popular blogs until much later today -- or tomorrow morning.

    It's good to know we can count on you to be "in the know."

    Posted by: L.J. | Feb 28, 2010 11:40:07 AM

  4. McCain...I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    Posted by: Kurt | Feb 28, 2010 11:44:48 AM

  5. Can someone please sew his mouth shut so we wont hear anymore bullsh*t come out of his mouth anymore.

    Posted by: Blue | Feb 28, 2010 11:55:26 AM

  6. John McCain is a neanderthal but an eternal darling of the mainstream media. Meet The Press should change it's advertising slogan to "If it's Sunday it must be John McCain on Meet The Press"! David Gregory is also a very bush league "journalist", but there seem to be few is any real journalists any more. I think Colbert was absolutely correct when he called the press corps nothing more than stenographers. McCain is a very hateful, amoral and corrupt old man who is fighting for his political life against against a fascist in the GOP primary. That means he'll be moving even further to the right of Attila the Hun to save his political life.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 28, 2010 12:05:32 PM


    Posted by: steve | Feb 28, 2010 12:05:37 PM

  8. Either you're with us or against us.
    I remember a prior commenter suggesting the term "straight supremacists." Couldn't be more on-target.

    Posted by: shane | Feb 28, 2010 12:05:39 PM

  9. Senile John always forgets what he says...Party of No stalwart!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Feb 28, 2010 12:10:31 PM

  10. Total scum bag.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 28, 2010 12:14:52 PM

  11. Since when is bureaucratic bullshit taken more seriously than the Admiral's "personal beliefs?"

    Oh that's right - Forever and always.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 28, 2010 12:22:37 PM

  12. McCain is a pathetic has been who sold his soul for one last shot at the Presidency, and continues to do so in order to try and keep his job in the Senate.

    He flip flops more than a fish out of water.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 28, 2010 12:51:20 PM

  13. C'mon guys...his politically inert family (daughter and wife) are gay pals, though...when it doesn't matter. Old bigoted cancer face is going to live a looong looong time if his mother's longevity is any indication.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 28, 2010 12:56:57 PM

  14. Yes, by all means, it is important that we have the feelings heard of those who serve. That makes sense. Afterall our armed services are not controled by a structure of officers and a commander in chief. It's done by committee.
    And while we're asking them how they feel about things. Can we ask them how they feel about serving in Iraq? Afghanistan? Waking up at 4am? The possibility of having to take part in Stop Loss?
    Why stop at gays in the military? I'm sure there are a LOT of issues on which they would love to offer comment.

    Posted by: Pre-Read | Feb 28, 2010 1:15:21 PM

  15. Totally agree with L.J. Saw this episode this morning, and didn't expect to see a post about it until tonight. Very nice to see how on the ball everyone is here :)

    As for the comments in question, couldn't care less. John McCain should listen to his wife and daughter, and stop being a predictable puppet of the Conservatives when he needs their support.

    Posted by: JD | Feb 28, 2010 1:20:39 PM

  16. Why do the feelings of gays and lesbians not matter?

    Posted by: Kári Emil | Feb 28, 2010 1:33:50 PM

  17. Man, people have got to fight back against all this and take this country for our own for once.

    Posted by: X | Feb 28, 2010 1:37:49 PM

  18. John McCain is a stupid old fuck. And he wasn't even born in this country.

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Feb 28, 2010 2:04:49 PM

  19. (Note that McCain didn't quote the Navy, of which he used to be a part -- gee, I wonder why? The Navy wants DADT gone)

    Why is McCain presenting the US military as a bunch of shivering nervous weaklings who don't take orders?

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 28, 2010 3:11:36 PM

  20. Doesn't really matter what the old goat thinks on the subject, or any other for that matter. The Tea Party already has a candidate propped up to run against him in the upcoming primaries in Arizona. Bye Bye Papa McCain. Even they see through your bullshit.

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 28, 2010 3:21:04 PM

  21. He's not the only one who's doing this exact same thing. My congressman (or the congressman who represents my district), Jim Marshall (D-GA)--yeah, I know "D,"--did the exact same thing, he's just not on tv.

    I wrote to him after the State of the Union to ask him to cosponsor the current House bill to repeal DADT (Military Readiness Enhancement Act), and he sent me a response back saying that he was waiting for military personnel to tell him that it was okay to repeal it. This letter was postmarked two days AFTER the congressional meeting where Mullin and Gates advocated for repeal, so I sent him another letter asking him what his position was now. He pulled a McCain saying that this wasn't the time to repeal, blah, blah, blah. So was he lying the first time or this time?

    If you haven't already done it, write to your senators and congressmen and -women to ask their position and tell them yours. And don't think that just because they put a D next to their name that they're not out there pulling this same shady sh**. I'm sure Jim Marhsall's interns are getting pretty sick of hearing from me, but I'm not going to stop until he changes his opinion or gets voted out.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 28, 2010 3:29:56 PM

  22. If McCain's colleagues in the senate felt he was too old to serve next to them, what would he think? This isn't a matter of popular opinion.

    Posted by: james | Feb 28, 2010 3:48:25 PM

  23. McShame was the one who eulogized that gay Republican 9-11 "hero," Mark Bingham, and then hurried back to Washington so he could vote against granting the man's partner benefits from the Victims Fund.

    In spite of, or perhaps because of his experiences in Vietnam, the man has entitlement written all over him. He practically demanded the presidency because it was his "turn." He has neither honor nor integrity. And no matter how one might feel about Obama, America really dodged a bullet when it rejected him and Ms. Alaska.

    Posted by: John | Feb 28, 2010 4:24:51 PM

  24. McPampers genuinely is a bigoted old relic that even his WIFE and DAUGHTER have disavowed on gay rights.

    And to think there were some who called him a courageous maverick. That's not what he is or has been, he's a reactionary prejudiced old throwback to the 1950's.

    Posted by: el camino | Feb 28, 2010 4:46:20 PM

  25. This is a guy who ask Sarah Palin, I can see Russia from my laundry room window, to be his running mate. Why would anybody take anything he has to say seriously?

    Posted by: dards4444 | Feb 28, 2010 4:46:28 PM

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