Watch: Lieberman on Chances for Senate Vote on ‘DADT’ Repeal


Senator Joe Lieberman says he's made no progress with his friend John McShame in convincing him on DADT but believes that there are 60 votes for cloture on the NDAA, which contains the repeal amendment.

"I believe we have more than 60 Senators, including a good solid handful of Republicans, who are prepared to vote to take up the Armed Services bill, which already has within it the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And the real challenge here is the clock. Will we take the time to have the debate, not just on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but on the underlining Defense Authorization bill. And I can tell you that some of the Republicans who want to be for this, also want to make sure that Senator Reid offers them a fair amendment process.

The Wonk Room suggests that some GOP leaders are "hinting that they will try to run-out the clock or pressure Democrats to drop the measure in return for Republican cooperation on the New START treaty."