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Watch: John McCain Says That DADT "Is Working"

Just days before the Pentagon releases its survey on "don't ask, don't tell," John McCain took to CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowly today to once again speak in favor of the policy.

CNN's Political Tracker blog reports on his appearance on the show: "The military is at its highest point in recruitment, in retention, in professionalism, in capability so to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false."
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"Instead, McCain called the attempt at repeal 'a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for president of the United States. I want to know the effect on battle effectiveness and morale, not on how best to implement the change in policy. I don't think that's a lot to ask when we have our young men and women out there serving and fighting and tragically some of them dying.'"

He defended the policy further: "It’s called ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Okay? If you don’t ask somebody and they don’t tell and it’s an all volunteer force. [...] The fact is, this was a political promise made by an inexperienced President or candidate for Presidency of the United States...The fact is, that this system is working and I believe we need to assess the effect on the morale and battle effectiveness of those people, those young Marines and Army people I met.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also defended DADT today while speaking to Chris Wallace on FOX News. He spit out the same exact talking points as McCain: "This is a political promise made by Senator Obama when he was running for president. There is no groundswell of opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell coming from our military. This is all politics. I don't believe there is anywhere near the votes to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On the Republican side, I think we will be united in the lame duck [session] and the study I would be looking for is asking military members: Should it be repealed, not how to implement it once you as a politician decide to repeal it. So I think in a lame duck setting Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not going anywhere."

Watch Candy Crowley's interview with McCain, where the he repeatedly talks over the host, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. So he's not just a bigot, he's going out of his way to use DADT as an excuse to be as condescending as possible to now-President Obama? Sour grapes much? The guy has zero credibility and is clearly spouting whatever ridiculousness he can in order to stay relevant. It's a shame Arizona voters (mostly in the Republican-heavy Phoenix) will continue to support the guy until he finally croaks.

    Posted by: TomSkylark | Nov 28, 2010 2:15:33 PM


  2. Fuck you McCAin...I mean, how old is he like 80. We leave in a new tolerant world...not his old ass world!! DADT is wrong...how dare this fucker put down gay people...when the military itself...doesnt have a problem with it? He is just trying to make himself seem relevant!!

    Posted by: paul | Nov 28, 2010 2:21:21 PM


  3. Seriously. Does anyone listen to this man? Seriously?

    Posted by: gary | Nov 28, 2010 2:24:25 PM


  4. If the people of AZ who determine the outcome of elections in that state weren't a pack of bigoted loons (and there are a lot of mormons in AZ), he'd be saying something else. The fact is that he has no principle aside from securing his political future. Of course, that determines that he's a homophobic puddle of snot.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 28, 2010 2:25:32 PM


  5. Basically, no survey, no testimony by military brass, no testimony by those who have been tossed out, no testimony by those who have been unfairly subjected do DADT will change his mind.

    End of story. Either the Obama administration is willing to take him on or let the Court do it or it is not.

    Posted by: Gr8guyca | Nov 28, 2010 2:25:37 PM


  6. Looks like being related to those noted gay rights advocates Cindi and Meghan hasn't done much to help him see the light. Of course, such abject bigotry won't be changed.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Nov 28, 2010 2:26:57 PM


  7. I wish she had asked him if any of the troops he's "met" were gay.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 28, 2010 2:29:20 PM


  8. If there was ever a good time to out someone, that person would be Lindsey Graham. Wouldn't it be poetic justice if he was the last person booted from the military for being gay.

    Posted by: Curt | Nov 28, 2010 2:30:33 PM


  9. that man has no soul

    just look into his beady little devil eyes

    he's got lifeless eyes. black eyes. like a doll's eyes.

    Posted by: neverstops | Nov 28, 2010 2:37:08 PM


  10. Candy F*CKED this one up. She just let him keep spewing. She just doesn't have the skills or backbone to conduct this interview.

    Posted by: Guest | Nov 28, 2010 2:39:21 PM


  11. Of course DADT is working. It is working for him. He gets to piss on a big chunk of people who voted against him in the last election. Hey, John, YOU LOST! Go away now , like the sad old fart you are.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Nov 28, 2010 2:40:50 PM


  12. What a tool.

    Posted by: ichabod | Nov 28, 2010 2:49:39 PM


  13. This policy is hurting people in the military, and their families. It's also keeping me perpetually single.

    Posted by: W.T. Door | Nov 28, 2010 3:10:12 PM


  14. Old shithead. Pure EVIL. I will party when he dies.

    Posted by: Theo | Nov 28, 2010 3:11:09 PM


  15. John McCain is ignorant. He'd sacrifice gays to keep America in the 1950s.

    Posted by: X | Nov 28, 2010 3:15:16 PM


  16. If the study shows that getting rid of DADT would help or have no impact on preparedness or morale, what will be his excuse then?

    Special thanks to the people of Arizona for sending this tired old clown back to the Senate. The Keating Five scandal wasn't enough hint what a loser he is?

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Nov 28, 2010 3:25:49 PM


  17. "I don't think that's a lot to ask when we have our young men and women out there serving and fighting and tragically some of them dying"

    There are gay and lesbian servicemembers serving and fighting and dying also, Senator. They want to serve honorably, not being shoved in some goddamned closet because of bigots like you.

    This is the worst, absolute worst of political pandering to hate groups like the Family Research Council. Cindy and Meghan must be so proud.

    Posted by: Terry | Nov 28, 2010 3:31:00 PM


  18. He calls Obama "inexperienced", but he picked Palin as his running mate. 'Nuff said.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Nov 28, 2010 3:32:03 PM


  19. He calls Obama "inexperienced", but he picked Palin as his running mate. 'Nuff said.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Nov 28, 2010 3:33:45 PM


  20. John McCain = twit

    Lindsey Graham = closeted twit

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 28, 2010 3:45:49 PM


  21. McCain is senile. Why does anyone pay attention to him?

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Nov 28, 2010 3:59:26 PM


  22. McCain has to ride this ship into the sunset. He's already jumped on this horse and he has no way of getting off. He's going to be proven wrong by this report so what he's trying to do is get his odd face on TV before this report is released and cling to his antiquated ideology. He's trying way too hard to drum up some support for this ridiculousness before the report and the repeal. (Uh, Grandpa Johnny, it's called Don't Ask, Don't Tell...but if someone sees you out with your same-sex partner or reads some of your e-mails, or texts, or whatever...you can be thrown out too. Idiot.)

    I find it interesting that a Republican could come out and use the word "inexperienced" considering how many "inexperienced" people they just help elect to Congress.

    Posted by: BartB | Nov 28, 2010 3:59:30 PM


  23. What. A. Bitter. Spiteful. Hateful. Man.

    Sen. McCain, is this the "talking point"? Pres. Obama is inexperienced? He never served in the military? What else?

    Your ass got shot down over N. Vietnam because you failed to follow proper flight procedures (you know, that "mavericky thing" of yours) and spent years in a concentration camp as a result.

    Maybe that hardship affected your mind, your ability to reason. Maybe it killed whatever humanity or soul your might have once had.

    The facts are you are irrelevant. You lost a presidential election primarily because of your vice-presidential choice. You had so many deserving candidates that could have helped your ticket, but you chose that Wasilla, Alaska hag and she sank your already leaky election-year boat.

    Get over it, Johnny. Please. For your country. For the millions of American citizens who are gay who have every constitutional right to live and breathe free in the land of their birth or the land they chose to be their own.

    Otherwise, it may be necessary to organize a delegation to your Senate offices and kick your tired, old ass clear into next week.

    Posted by: mikej | Nov 28, 2010 4:23:26 PM


  24. Republicans are the enemy

    Posted by: IndyTown | Nov 28, 2010 5:06:47 PM


  25. I say the sky is plaid.

    Simply saying something doesn't make it true.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Nov 28, 2010 7:05:02 PM


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