November 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
8 years ago

Cindy v. John McCain on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(CNN) – Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Republican Sen. and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, is again publicly at odds with her famous husband, this time appearing in a web video advocating for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," Mrs. McCain says in the video. "They can't serve our country openly."

The video is sponsored by the NOH8 campaign and features several celebrities, including actress Denise Richards, musician Dave Navarro and reality star and tattoo artist Kat Von D,  along with Mrs. McCain.

Her comments are in contrast to the position Sen. McCain has taken on the controversial military policy that currently forbids homosexuals from openly serving in uniform.  McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, pledged last spring to filibuster any defense authorization bill that included language repealing the policy. McCain said that he was against repealing the policy until a full Pentagon Review on the matter was conducted, and characterized the White House- backed measure as part of a "political agenda." 

The language was ultimately dropped from the bill, and he reiterated his filibuster pledge last month if Democrats attempt the move again.

McCain's Senate office has not responded to CNN's request for comment on the web video.

This is the second time Mrs. McCain has lent her efforts to the pro-LGBT group; last January, she appeared in an ad in support of same-sex marriage – another position her husband opposed during the 2008 presidential campaign.

NOH8 was created in the wake of California's 2008 Proposition 8, a ballot measure that successfully banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Filed under: Cindy McCain • John McCain
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Peace

    I salute McCain familly. Everyone there stands on what he/she believes. What a family to admire!

    November 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The one thing I agree with Cindy McShame on. Her wrinkeld up husband needs to get out of the 1960's and step into the 21st century. REPEAL DADT!!!!

    November 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    I really admire John McCain's WIFE and DAUGHTER – they are NOT spoiled by the RIGHT/Far-Right or the Tea Party!! I had different views about Cindy and she PROVED ME WRONG!!!

    T'sah is OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama as our Leader – Pass DADT and the Dream Act – NOW!!!

    November 12, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Maybe Cindy McCain should have ran for President in 2008 since she actually is supporting and abiding by the Constitution of the U.S., unlike her husband. YOU CAN NOT DISCRIMINATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Clwyd

    I'd be the opposite of this man too if he didn't have good sense and picked sarah pathetic to be his VP. She is on the right! he is in the wrong! Again!

    November 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. cel

    There needs to b openness and honesty, no matter if you are straight or homosexual. Cindy needs to step up and advocate for this. This is America, not a right wing fascist dictatorship like the Republi-cons want. Homosexuals are somebodys sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and neices and nephews. They are our enighbors and they are willing to serve their country which they love, too. Let them do it openly.

    November 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. MikeSK

    I love to see the debates at the Thanksgiving table with the McCains.

    November 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Bob Dog

    Wow, Cindy rocks. Who knew? I like her new hairstyle. Smart, sexy and rich. She could do so much better than John, but she is too classy to divorce him I think.

    November 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Janet

    Wow! Good for Cindy McCain...and thank you for standing up for the rights of everyone and being your own person!!

    November 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. republicans = Neanderthals

    John's wife and daughter are great people who show tolerance for all people. If only our elected official were the same.

    November 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. cel

    By the way, marriage is an ordinance of churches and in this country, is accepted by the state. Therefore, the state cannot decide that there will or will not be homosexual marriage. That can only be decided by churches. The state can, however, decide if there will be civil unions of homosexuals, just like there are civil unions of heterosexuals.

    November 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Ann Watson

    I commend you on this support for the GLBT community. We need more high profile people like you to help the country realize that gay people can serve as well or not better than their heterosexual military members. I was in the military and speak from personal experience.
    thank you

    November 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Joe

    WHAT?!! She's open-minded about something of importance to a group other than tight-lipped elitist conservative hypocrites and "proud of her country" the same time. WOW!!! Girl, you officially have a target on your back now. You're officially "one of THEM" now. I hope your affairs are in order...old Johnny McInSane has a history of dumping wives. SERIOUSLY!!

    November 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Well of course she does, just like the majority of Americans. John mccain has become just about as worthless as teets on a boar hog when in comes to standing up the the republicant hate machine and doing what is right verses just what his party demands.

    November 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. American

    It is past time to end the antiquated DADT against fellow Americans wanting to continue serving our country with honor. The majority of Americans, including the majority of military,clearly wants DADT repealed Now.

    November 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. ingrid

    Good for her. I am impressed and I applaud her actions.

    November 12, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Adalbert

    She is correct.

    November 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. TomInRochNY

    Wow! An R that doesn't want the government to control peoples lives. How did that happen?

    November 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. suzibee

    Good for her!!! It's ridiculous that any human being who chooses to defend our country and risk their life for OUR freedom can't do so because they are gay – it's just ridiculous. And it's time to move past this. I would like to see each person who opposes this repeal go enlist and take a gay person's place – I doubt many have that kind of courage. You should be thanking them for what they do instead of trying to de-humanize them.

    November 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Well, Cindy, what do you expect from your party? Gingrich has said he wants to "replace" the left – which is code for wanting to impose Christian sharia law on all Americans.

    If you agree with the Founders of our country that we're all created equal and agree with the Declaration of Independence that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right, then you need to leave your party, Mrs. McCain, and join the Democrats.

    Because Republicans want to take over and control every aspect of our lives, and especially our personal lives.

    November 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. runner305

    Well, now we know that Mrs McCain is the one with the common sense!

    November 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Bob in Pa

    I respect the lady's opinion, but she is dead wrong. You are now going to half to create seperate living quarters for each sexual orientation. I don't this any straight person wants to be oogled in the shower room or baracks by someone that may or may not find them attractive. Not knowing, probably makes the senario much easier to deal with.

    November 12, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. LouAz

    You go girl !

    November 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. vic nashville tn

    It’s not happening only in Mc Cain’s
    moderate conservative we want to adopt some change but tea party took us back 100 years
    In 20 years Americans will reject Republican Party which I don’t want to see

    Time to move forwards with some changes our allies allowed in their military

    November 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. mbond

    Mrs. Mccain you look wonderful the hair cut rocks and you appear to be in a healthy place right now keep up the good work.

    November 12, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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