November 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
4 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. WRONG!

    @ suzibee, as far as enlisting I honorably did my time.

    November 12, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. JackieInDallas

    Oh, and by the way, the regulations against sexual harassment protect both straight and gays, and all military forces in the US are instructed during their basic training. It doesn't matter what your sexuality is, what matters is that you respect your fellows in the service!

    November 12, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. ART

    There are some Republicans out there who do not want to go backwards how refreshing, just like her new look

    November 12, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Tina, NC

    I applaud Cindy for taking a stand on this.

    Also LOVE her new hair style. Makes her look 10 yrs younger.

    November 12, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. arclight2012

    Man, I had no idea Cindy McCain hated America! I wish she could come back to the real America. We can't fight wars if the gays are serving!

    November 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    If you've paid attention, John McCain is often at odds with himself. He seems to frequently change what he believes to whatever suits the current political winds. Truly sad.

    November 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Looove her haircut! Looks fabulous on her!
    Now, what did she say...?!

    November 12, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. arclight2012

    BTW yes, I was kidding.

    November 12, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Let's Be Civil

    If you've paid attention, in recent months, John McCain has been at odds with himself. He now seems to regularly change what he believes to what best suits the current political winds. I do admire his family for standing their ground for what they believe and for being willing to share it publicly.

    November 12, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Punctus

    Looks like we've got he wrong McCain in the Senate.

    November 12, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. windrider2

    Dear Bob in Pa, no this does NOT mean creating separate barracks for straights so they won't feel "oogled in the shower" by someone who may or may not find them attractive. Any such "oogling" is not very likely because frankly, most of us gays & lesbians aren't attracted to straight people. Furthermore, any such "oogling" is already happening, if it's happening at all. Repealing DADT won't suddenly turn straight people gay who will then start to "oogle" other straight people in the showers or barracks.

    "Ew, someone I'm not interested in might find me attractive and look at me". Gee, Bob, welcome to the rape-centric world that all women live in, gay or straight, every day. The unwelcome gaze is a part of women's lives. And guess what? If someone hits on us and we're not interested, we just say 'no'. That also works for straight people being approached by gays, and vice versa. Try it sometime.

    November 12, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon me for going off topic BUT: Cindy is looking extremely good these days; she's got a glow about her. You think that Senile McCain is handling his business without assistance from someone say...20 years younger?! Just asking! LOL!

    November 12, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. PR

    Maybe the Senator from AZ should've been left in a POW camp until a LGBT soldier saved him. Oh wait, he'd still be there. John McCain is a bigot and a hypocrite. It's all his fault that Sara Palin was unleashed on the USA. What an a-hole!

    November 12, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    I understand now why Senator McCain is so full of anger. He cannot effectivly control "his own women" LOL. He has failed to make them understand that he is "The Man" in the family and they are supposed to follow his lead. At least I can say I am the man in our family with a bit of certainity. You will hear no arguement from my wife and daughter as my wife has already given me permission to say I am the man in the family. LOL.

    November 12, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    True change will begin with me. Visit the Me Party Movement.

    November 12, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Squiggs

    How did this old fart end up with such a hot and rich wife. The guy isn't even smart. You would think at least she would want someone who could provide stimulating conversation. That younger Mccain isn't too bad either. They're both good looking and left of where old John is publicly. They look and sound like good Democratic stock. At least she's right on this subject, despite her husband's hipocrisy.

    November 12, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. p

    poor mccain dont know how to speak for himself anymore the tea party expess took his voice away from him

    November 12, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Ferret out the B.S.

    This country needs to actively engage all citizens in order to be the great country we all expect it to be. The constitution states that "all men are created equal" and isn't it about time we follow that concept and teach it to our children to follow instead of only giving it lip service.

    November 12, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Bravo, Cindy!!!

    I only wish you had more positive influence on your husband. He is playing politics with other people's lives in order to benefit himself and that's both cowardly and unethical.

    Cindy..you've really made a fan out of me when I wasn't one before.

    I love your daughter, Meghan, too. She's an incredible, decent, good human being. Congratulations on a fantastic job raising her to be such an intelligent and formidable young woman!

    November 12, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. man

    I'd divorce her.

    November 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. John Wilson

    Go Cindy – GREAT

    We all know that John's brain died about 10 years ago...

    For the clown – Jar Head – who stated that this is a military issue ONLY, I beg to differ.

    THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE!

    And, once this is changed, and it will be, the religious communities that continue to discriminate should lose their TAX EXEMPT status; they will certainly lose much of their flock...

    November 12, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. blake

    Cindy SHUT UP! Your husband was elected as one of the Senators from Arizona, not you. You might want to focus on how you can best support your husband and what he does. When you don't agree with him, the best response is probably to just stay quiet, not to publicly state your opposition.

    November 12, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. KalleeMerra

    The people of Arizona have at least two McCains they can be proud of. John is obviously going to be too far gone mentally to finsh out his new six year term.

    November 12, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. KalleeMerra

    The people of Arizona have suffered at the hands of bigot rather severly the last couple of years. Hopefully they will rethink their voting patterns.

    November 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "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."

    HAHAHAHA...you think DADT and the military itself are not a political footballs? Hilarious. Tell us another one. Maybe one about the survey results that will be getting press very soon which show that repealing DADT won't have the apocalyptic effect that all the religio-fascist chicken littles out there have been claiming it would. Go ahead...keep me laughing.

    November 12, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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