November 14th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain vs. McCain

(CNN) – Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain weighed in on his wife’s public comments about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that put the couple at odds last week.

“I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Cindy McCain, the wife of the former GOP presidential nominee appeared in a video sponsored by the NOH8 campaign Friday.

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

She later clarified her appearance in the video on her Twitter account.

“I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be part of it,” she wrote. “But I stand by my husband’s stance on DADT.”

Sen. 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."

He clarified his stance on Sunday as well, saying he wants a “complete and thorough study and review of the effects on battle readiness and morale.”

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


– CNN’s Gabriella Schwarz and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: Cindy McCain • Don't Ask Don't Tell • John McCain
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dave

    He better say that. She has all the money and power and all he has is a little old senate seat. She should drop his loser but like a bad habit. The McCain women are much more powerful than their father.

    November 14, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Indie Woman in Denver

    The problem is that it's John McCain vs John MCain - he's gone back on what he said 6 months or so ago - nothing unusual for the "maverick" - now the Pentagon's study isn't the "right" study. Shame on you, John McCain. You should just retire now.

    November 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. annette

    "i respect first ammendment rights for every member of my family" – what about the rest of US?

    November 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. a in austin

    McShame is so out of touch with the real world. If he had his way, we'd be in yet another war somewhere else. It's time to repeal DADT and it is also time to bring the troops home. He stated you don't come until you win...what's to win in Afghanistan? Been there too long -

    November 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Which McCain does Cindy stand by, the McCain who was once an honorable senator before picking Palin or the McCain who is now shamed for picking Palin. McCain served our country, Palin served herself.

    November 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Marla Dean

    So McCain – there has been a review. The Secretary of Defense said that it would have no effect on our troops to repeal it. The poll of our troops has shown that they don't feel that it will have any effect on them. Most of them are young people who have attended school with openly gay peers and KNOW that it has no effect on them.
    So, now are you going to support the repeal? Somehow, I doubt it. You will probably add something else that you want done first. Admit it, you are homophobic.
    BTW, I'm a middle-aged, white, heterosexual grandma who is proud to support my gay friends.

    November 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. huxley

    McCain flipflops more than a tumbleweed in a duststorm. First, he's pro-gay rights. Then he's anti-gay rights. Now, he's leaning back toward pro-gay rights. Do you have an opinion, sir, or do you merely blow with the prevailing wind?

    November 14, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. MAC

    The military is not like the civilian world. How many would want to be forced to have GBLT in their own bedroom for months at a time? This is not good for our military moral. I served 20 years so I can say so.

    November 14, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. dwayne

    It is time to treat all people the same.

    November 14, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. LouAz

    Sad John, didn't you already get a "complete and thorough study and review of the effects on battle readiness and morale” when you voted FOR the DADT Law in 1993 ?

    November 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. PaulC

    Spoken like a man who knows where he stands and wants to keep a key to the dozen homes she owns.

    November 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. John

    John McCain you are a IDIOT they can go over there and give there life but can't say their gay. What kind of man are you. If a man or woman when over there and save a bunch of people life and gave his own life while doing so. And that he was to be giving a metal and that some how you find out he was gay be for getting the Metal would that make him any less of a hero. I DON"T THINK SO.

    November 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Wow. I can appreciate that she may support that her husband has a stance, but it sounds as if she's backing down on her own stance to back his. That's a real shame.

    November 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Destruk

    Does she know what his stance is? Expect another retraction of the retraction maybe?

    November 14, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. TOTAL FACT

    John, tell her I am a 30year Veteran. I have nothing against people and their sexual oreintation. BUT, an there is a big, BUT one letting other solders know what they prefer is not that person's business. For the homosexual's own safety it is best he keep Clinton's policy of, "Don't ask, don't ell," in force. I can not even believe that the soldier who is oreinated in that manner would want his preferences know. Some things should be kep privat or never asked in the first place. All people men, women, no matter of their sexual preferences just need to keep them to theirselves and do their jobs in the military. What they do on thei own private time is their business and their business alone. KEEP, "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL," POLICY IN FORCE.

    November 14, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |