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McCain won’t reconsider ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ until military releases report, despite Mullen’s ‘personal belief’ on repeal of policy

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

John McCain said in 2006 that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards gays in the military should be changed if leaders of the armed forces say it should be — but now that some of those leaders are for repealing the policy, McCain is still not necessarily for it, instead saying the military should be  “very careful as to how we move forward” on the issue.

McCain, on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, was reminded by moderator David Gregory of his 2006 quote when he said, “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.”

Even though General David Petraeus said last week that he’s not sure if soldiers on the ground care one way or the other if their comrade in arms are gay or lesbian, and Admiral Mike Mullen said it is his “personal belief” that allowing gays and lesbians “to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” McCain is not persuaded.

“Because, as I said back then, that we need to have a careful examination, and Admiral Mullen was, as quote, ‘speaking personally.’ Just this week, commandant of the Marine Corps said that he did not want ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed. There are many in the military who do not want to,” McCain said Sunday.

McCain said there is a “yearlong study that will hopefully also have the feelings of the men and women who are serving,” and if that yields the conclusion that the policy should be repealed, he’d consider supporting it.

“If the result of that study is, is one that I can trust and believe in and is supported by our military leaders, obviously, I would have that — give that the most serious consideration,” McCain said.

  • secularzone

    John McCain is a joke.

  • oldguy5

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see a politician not always back peddling. They all do it, male/female, republicans/democrats/independents. So who do you trust?

  • hurtzallot

    The TEA Party movement is having minimal impact…LOL. Those who thought only Sarah Palin spoke for us….LOL. McCain, one of the last remaining (temporarily) Centrist/Populist in the Republican Party. McCain is a war only hero not unlike the crook Charlie Rangel whom both have become too influenced by power, greed and money. When you become lost it is always wise to stop and ask for directions, unfortunately McCain kept driving.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZs8k4pJcyk

    • badmotherfarker

      The biggest effect that the tea party movement is going to have is to guarantee democratic wins in the general elections. They’re going to put in far right candidates that will scare off many moderate republicans and independents.

      • hurtzallot

        Russ Feingold tell you that?…..LOL!….Seen the latest polls?

      • theveed

        Hey Badmoasskisser, would you like to put your money where your pie hole is on that one? I’d take a $1000 dollar bet on that. You good for it?
        Perhaps you need a job? Unemployment benefits running out? =)

      • des1

        I guess this is an example of your “Conservatism” coming out, huh?

        You couldn’t possibly be more of a moron. The Tea Party candidates are anything but “Far Right.” Most of the ones in it that I know personally are basically Moderate – Conservative on most issues except government spending and illegal immigration.

        The claim that they represent some Right-wing ideology is a smear straight out of the Daily Kos. Then again, considering you are the source, I’m not even remotely surprised.

        • badmotherfarker

          In the case of the McCain race, the teabaggers are supporting JD Hayworth. Perhaps instead of saying they’re getting “far right” candidates through the primary, I should have said “criminals”.

          • badmotherfarker

            ooops… just read today that the teabaggers in Arizona stated yesterday that they won’t endorse him – yet. Good on them for that. Hayworth is a crook.

        • badmotherfarker

          Also… I’m a believer that true conservatism should be focused on fiscal issues, not social issues. The teabagging queen, Sarah Palin, is obsessed with the “morality” issues. I would argue that this turns on a majority of voters and politicians that run on these issues will do fine on a solely republican ballot, but not so much in a general election.