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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."
"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will be united in the lame duck [session] and the study I would be looking for is asking military members: Should it be repealed, not how to implement it once you as a politician decide to repeal it.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. As an Arizona resident, I apologize for having this sorry senile shithead represent me in the US Senate.

    Posted by: homer | Nov 28, 2010 7:17:13 PM

  2. Hey, bigoted Senators from the 40's would have claimed black segregation and discrimination was working, too. Sure it's working, as long as you don't mind treating innocent human beings like dirt to soothe your phobias and internalized self loathing. Sure it's working, as long as your country can stand the drain of talent. Sure John. Stupidity is a great policy. Glad hate is working for you. Just remember, though, as long as you maintain this attitude, as long as you disrespect those gay people who have served this nation since day one, you're just an idiot pilot that got himself shot down and didn't have sense enough to walk out of a prison. You are no hero in my eyes as long as you deny the sacrifice and heroism of others who served their country as well and better than you did.

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 28, 2010 7:34:19 PM

  3. He's going to his grave with this "maverick" ideology. What did he do to his wife to make her eat crow? Such a maverick that he can't handle "his" wife's difference of opinion. From war hero to total zero.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 28, 2010 7:59:40 PM

  4. @Craig, you are exactly right and we should all be using that argument/analogy. Even more than the marriage issue the comparison to Black integration into the military is a great point to draw on (and I believe it works for marriage too, but not as perfectly as it does here.)

    Its just another reason for me to keep skipping these fucking Sunday morning (and the rest of the week) chat shows. Its NOTHING but an outlet for well known and well worn talking points (from either major party) and its just not news or helpful to know that, yes, McCain is still a bigoted asshole.

    Posted by: princely54 | Nov 28, 2010 8:07:58 PM

  5. This is a pathetic old man who has suckled from the public teat his entire life. McCain has always been on the wrong side of history and despite all his years in office, he has nothing to show for it but cowardice, dishonesty, stupidity, racism and homophobia. He's an abject failure and sooner (I hope) rather than later will end up on the dust heap of history, known for his selection of Sarah Palin as his VP candidate and nothing more. Some legacy. What a loser.

    Posted by: Bob R | Nov 28, 2010 8:27:12 PM

  6. John who?

    Posted by: Island Girly | Nov 28, 2010 9:30:43 PM

  7. If they don't repeal it now, we might not be able to repeal it for a long, long time.

    I think it's disgraceful for any public official to support this homophobic policy any longer. DADT is unjustifiable. Nice way to treat a soldier that is sacrificing his life for your freedom.

    Would you rather have a gay man save your life or would you rather die? The Republicans have made it clear they would rather die.

    Why John McCain insists on making this his legacy I have no idea.

    Posted by: sysm29 | Nov 28, 2010 11:37:09 PM

  8. why do these weekly shows keep interviewing this tired piece of shit? he keeps saying the same thing every time. this is the man who picked sarah the light head to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. and with his heart that could have been deadly. oh wait he has no heart or brain, that would make him a good candidate for the wizard of oz somewhere over the rainbow and may he go soon

    Posted by: walter | Nov 29, 2010 12:24:47 AM

  9. He really needs to stfu.
    This is his only political traction he has with the media and it's a shameful & cheap ploy. He's a pig. Someone needs to put him down.

    Posted by: LG Wilson | Nov 29, 2010 1:25:24 AM

  10. How long must we all endure this bigot dinosaur ? He must be close to simply stroking out once and for all.

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Nov 29, 2010 2:09:55 AM

  11. McCain is willfully wrong on DADT. They DO ask...and they investigate...and they search people's emails and footlockers....and then they throw them out with HALF the separation money that straight people get. McCain is a determined asswipe who simply will not hear the truth.

    Go9od thing they didn't ask him about allowing blacks or women to serve.

    Posted by: wimsy | Nov 29, 2010 10:31:46 AM

  12. Oops -- bad proofreading..... Good thing &c.

    Posted by: wimsy | Nov 29, 2010 10:33:18 AM

  13. This is a great example of how the homophobic Democratic Party gets us queers to do its dirty work and deny us equal rights at the same time.

    Fact: John McCain is an old asshat.

    Fact: John McCain is also one Senator whose vote on this issue doesn't matter.

    Fact: Barack HomophObama is the Commander in Chief. He won the election, not John McCain, but he's acted like McCain won it. He has the power to halt all investigations and discharges under DADT. He refuses. THAT IS WHAT MAKES OBAMA A BIGOT. THIS IS WHERE THE FOCUS NEEDS TO BE FOR RESULTS.

    Conclusion: The Democrats win, us queers lose. We're pointing fingers at the Republicans while the Democrats shit on us. D doesn't stand for "Drive forward". D stands for "Defeated".

    Posted by: The Ghost of Harry Hay | Nov 29, 2010 5:23:07 PM

  14. Oh just die already! Creepy, old bigot.

    Posted by: Daws | Nov 29, 2010 8:13:19 PM

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