November 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
7 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. bob

    We see who has the balls in this family....and it is not Mr Flip Flop.

    November 12, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. rick

    I wonder if Rush and Glen will advise the Senator to get a divorce to remain a "true Repub".

    November 12, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Dave

    John McCain's got a decent daughter and a decent wife. Too bad none of it rubbed off on him.

    November 12, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Dannytelevision

    Defend Marriage...DON'T ban it.

    November 12, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. carlos

    suzibee.....I commend you on your comment, you are a real patriot, not like those idiots that always say that, us, the american people wanting something for their own political benefit, they, the republiCONS or CONServativesdo not speak for me or for many million of americans.

    Now, for Mrs.Mc Cain, thank you lady, I can tell that you are a lot smarter than your, cnn calls him famous, husband and have the brains that so many in that party lack, as well as caring. Await the attack from that piece of useless human flesh aPALINg.

    November 12, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Whatever

    She has always been at odds with her hubby on this issue. She has the cash in that family so it is not like she is scared of him leaving and taking the money with him. She is able to stand on her own and speak her mind, regardless of how he feels. Now if they were in the mafia, he would have to silence her, because if a man cannot control his home, he cannot control men.

    I hate that Republicans think they are the only Christians!! Republicans are not the sole Christians in the world (thank goodness). Sometimes, I think people forget that there are Christians on the Left and in the middle too who feel that DADT should be repealed!!!! There would still be a standard of conduct that military personnel would follow so let them be themselves open and honest – a primary principal of the military is being a man or woman of honor!!

    REPEAL DADT – the numbers of military recruitment would increase ten fold!!

    November 12, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    But she can't vote against it- he wins

    November 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Like her daughter, she is open minded when it comes to some things...not like the Borg that are still living in the 1950's with pollyanna values and Ward and June Cleaver running the house

    November 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Jacob

    I admire Mrs. McCain! Sadly, I believe that John McCain's views are very similar to his wife, but doesn't have the balls to stand up to the other Republicans and the religious right. Maverick? Nope, just another coward in Washington!

    November 12, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Chipster

    Good for Cindy! It's incredible how the right wingnuts keep saying they want to follow the Constitution and then 1) they don't seem to have a clue what's in it and 2) they want to dictate personal behavior and choices for others. Completely hysterical that O'Donnell (Miss I'll-follow-the-Constitution) didn't have a clue that the 1st Amendment said the government cannot promote religion! I do give her credit for recognizing what it meant when she heard it for what appeared to be the first time.

    November 12, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Nsikan

    Don't buy into this people. She has something coming.....

    November 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    @Dannytelevision I agree, Defend Marriage! If 2 people love each other, they should be able to make a lifelong commitment. Their sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. However, if a partner turns out to be abusive and cruel, divorce may be the only option. No one should be forced to live with someone who becomes abusive. That isn't marriage, it's captivity.

    November 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. David

    WOW, where was THIS Cindy McCain during the campaign? I thought then that she was just a wealthy bimbo in her husband's shadow. But it looks now like I was very mistaken. She has a mind of her own! And she expresses it! I'm impressed. And that new hairdo is hot. It suits her perfectly. That stretched and severe hairstyle she had during the campaign made her look pointed and mean. My hat is off to you, Cindy McCain, I really misread you back then.

    November 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Brett

    I love a family that can have differing, sincere convictions and beliefs and still function together as a loving family. Perfect microcosm of a great nation! Thank you McCains!

    November 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. UrAverageJoe

    Cel – just because MOST churches only allow marriage between same sex couples doesn't mean that ALL churches do. And when the government decides to allow same sex marriages, those churches that oppose it will still be able to oppose it, just like they are able to oppose interracial marriages if they so choose. The issue is whether tax dollars and tax benefits can be used to discriminate against one class of people becuase those churches don't like it.

    November 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. scott

    Kudos to Mrs McCain, it is good a married couple can have different views and stay together. Personally as long as they can serve and not flaunt their sexuality I see no problem with gays in the military. On the dream act, that should be defeated, I am getting tired of giving citizenship to everyone that walks across the border. Illegals have it better then citizens of this country. ITs time we put up an iron curtain like they had between West Germany and East Germany,complete with guard towers, razor wire, mine fields and machine guns. If they want citizenship let them do it the legal way.

    November 12, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Born Again, not Born Yesterday

    It's good to know that although Johnnie Boy has sold his soul to the religious right, his wife and daughter still have theirs!

    November 12, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Cindy's right on this issue. All Americans deserve human rights.

    November 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Oh come on Cindy. Nobody cares what you and your idiot daughter think. Please get lost. This is a military issue ONLY. They need to decide how to handle this and it changing the ploicy in in the best interests of the military. This is NOT a political issue.

    November 12, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. emma

    Cindy, you should be the Senator from your district in Arizona.

    November 12, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. John

    John McCain is like any other Republican, the use the Constitution to suit them. And when that don't work they want too change the Constitution in some way.The way I see It John McCain hasn't done nothing but hurt America for the last six years by bring Saran Palin out of ALASKA.

    November 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Marla Dean

    The women in the McCain family have a lot more sense than John. Perhaps he should start looking to his own family for inspiration?
    As a military wife, I want to see DADT repealed. Here is something else that I haven't seen discussed. What about the spouses (domestic partners) of our LGBT military members? Shouldn't they be given the same medical, commissary and social privileges that I enjoy? What about those times that the military member is killed in the performance of his/her duties? Shouldn't the spouse/domestic partner and children receive the same benefits and honors that any other spouse receives?
    I know very well what it is like to be the supportive spouse on the homefront. I feel that ALL military members AND ALL spouses should be given the respect that they deserve.

    November 12, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. hillcrester

    Poor old Johnny McCan't has never recovered from the pasting his Palin choice gave him. The once-independent advocate of immigration reform with a path to citizenship has now become a captive of the GOPher ideologies. Too bad to see a once-good man go bad.

    November 12, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. JackieInDallas

    @Bob in Pa: you are dead wrong. Have you ever served in the military? I have, during the Vietnam era, and my father was career Army and served in WW2 and Korea. Gays have ALWAYS served...they just haven't been able to be open in their off-duty time. Of the 26 countries that participate militarily in NATO, more than 22 permit gay people to serve. Interestingly enough, only China and the US of the countries represented on the Security Council do not permit gays to serve actively. Even Russia allows openly gay people to enlist.

    Of the countries that do NOT allow homosexuals to serve openly, most are African countries (with large Islamic populations) or Islamic countries. I'm not sure I like our country's policies being grouped with them!

    November 12, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. jannett

    Gay people should be allowedserve the country. They should be allowed to fight and die like everyone else who joins the armed services.

    November 12, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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