Watch: Sen. McConnell Doubts DADT Repeal This Year


Sen. Mitch McConnell told Meet The Press host David Gregory this morning that the odds of a Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal before the end of the year seem slim.

Citing the Defense Authorization Bill's sheer scope and size, as well as other controversial components, like whether army hospitals should allow abortions, McConnell explained, "I don't see how we can possibly finish the Defense Authorization bill, a two-week bill... aside from these controversial items that are in it... before the end of the year."

Asked whether he thinks there's support in Congress, the Kentucky Republican tells Gregory he agrees with John McCain: the nation needs Congressional debates to finally decide and that probably won't happen before the end of the year.

Watch McConnell's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...