January 28, 2010 at 9:54 am EST | by Chris Johnson
McCain comes to the defense of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

(DC Agenda photo by Michael Key)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is shaping up to be the U.S. Senate’s leading opponent of repealing the ban preventing gays from serving openly in the U.S. military.

The highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain issued a statement on Wednesday in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address and in defense of the 1993 law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

During his speech, Obama pledged to work this year with Congress and military leaders to repeal the statute.

Here’s McCain’s statement:

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  I am immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war, and I believe it would be a mistake to repeal the policy.

“This successful policy has been in effect for over fifteen years, and it is well understood and predominantly supported by our military at all levels.  We have the best trained, best equipped, and most professional force in the history of our country, and the men and women in uniform are performing heroically in two wars.  At a time when our Armed Forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Who the fuck cares what this loser says? He and his party are a bunch of bigots. And I don’t care what his wife and daughter are saying, they aren’t voting in Congress.

  • McCain is the king of non sequiturs. Also, I guess he’s “immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war,” unless they’re queer.

  • “predominantly supported” – Words are important. He has lost his way and wants only to be re-elected.

  • McCain really has become an old old old loser. He and the GOP are once again out of step with the American people and once again standing in the way of progress. I was glad Obama mentioned Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in his speech, but lets face it, he hasn’t done anything and he could do a lot more. He could start by issuing a stop loss order that would prevent the discharge of any gay or lesbian military personel until Congress repeals DADT. This executive order would also take some of the heat off the Dems in Congress who are once again tasked with getting it done alone without much help from Obama. In any case, the Republicans (with perhaps two exceptions) are against us on this one.

  • He’s an idiot. Remember, he was the one that included Sarah Palin on his Presidential ticket. Only a moron would consider a person like that for the position.

  • McCrappy should never have served in the Navy. Go to youtube and look up Songbird McCain. Let the truth be known he gave away military secrets to save his own ass. How many of the other guys suffered because of him. He is also resposible for the USS Forrestal disaster in which many of our fellow Navy guys died due to his showboating. This guy is a mental ASS.

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