Lieberman suggests McCain changing his standards for supporting repeal of DADT
December 2nd, 2010
08:56 PM ET
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Lieberman suggests McCain changing his standards for supporting repeal of DADT

Editor's note: Watch Sen. Lieberman discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Thursday on AC360° beginning at 10 pm ET.

(CNN) – A longtime personal friend and political ally of Sen. John McCain implied Thursday that the former GOP presidential nominee is moving the goalposts when it comes to his support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

McCain’s past comments suggested he might support repeal of the federal law that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military if a repeal was supported by military leadership. But the Arizona Republican has recently taken issue with results of a Pentagon survey of troops that supports a repeal and with the positions of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, both of whom also support a repeal.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Don Thompson

    having retired from the u.s. navy and having served as an executive officer of a SEAL Team, i feel qualified to comment on Senator McCains comments to Admiral Mullin during the discussion of DADT. if anyone is unqualified to comment on leading troops it is Senator McCain. his only claim to fame in the navy is being a bomber pilot and surviving interment in a north viet namese prison camp. not to lessen the latter and take away from his personal fortitude, his leadership accomplishments in the fleet are miniscule compared to admiral mullins. It is time Senator McCain stops believing his own BS and start accomplishing something worthwhile as a politician and let the tru leaders of the military do their jobs.

    December 2, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Why is mcnasty still any sort of political figure? After what he did to our country and the world with that unvetted bimbo he should have been sent to one of his seven or eight houses to spend the rest of his miserable life by himself.
    I bet cindy loves it when he is away in Washington!

    December 2, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    Sen. McCain has sadly become a shell of the man he used to be–empty at that. What happened to the "maverick" I used to respect who would stand by his stated principles?

    AZ senators are grossly compromising our national security for America–Kyl blocking START and McCain blocking DADT repeal of honorable soldiers, whereby wasting our tax dollars for valuable training of these Americ

    December 2, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    why doesn't John McCain just come out and admit that he does NOT want gays to serve in the military and stop all the beating around the bush? All this wanting survey after survey and study after study that come up saying the same thing that America basically doesn't care if you're gay or not is a waste of time and tax payer dollars.

    December 2, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. maf

    What???? John McCain flip flopping on an issue??? What a non-story! The fact that Joe Lieberman is calling him on it is the surprise!! Dang you JM, first for bringing the Alaskan 1/2 term quitter to the stage and second, for being the biggest hypocrite in US politics!
    Please retire. You are not relevant any longer!

    December 2, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Lets put the only appropriate label on McCain = "DADT flip flopper "and the rest of the party of NO not listening to the 500,000 military voters whom they respect most, 70 % of whom are OK with repeal of DADT because we dont have time. Yes they do it takes 10 minutes in each house to have a vote and they have all had 2 days to read the report.
    Republicans also need to listen to the overall polls only marginally are a majority of Republicans against but overwhemingly Dems and Independents in will not affect anyones re-election chances but the problem is it gives Obama a win on one of his "pledges" and that must not happen, same with START.

    December 2, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. NameHD 100% ETH

    Senator Lieberman, are you against Christ the saviour???!!!

    December 3, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |

    Forgive McCain – he is old and senile explaining his changing positions.

    December 3, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  9. Chris

    That's exactly what McCain is doing – he keeps moving the goalposts in regards to DADT. I used to have alot of respect and admiration for John McCain, but now he typifies the worst aspects of conservatism – someone who tenaciously clings to an outdated and inefficient system for no other reason than he is so afraid of change.

    December 3, 2010 05:46 am at 5:46 am |