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McCain on DADT

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), speaking on the Senate floor today, said that when repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell passes, which he acknowledged is likely, there will be “high fives across the liberal bastions of America,” where many have never served or known anyone who has served in the armed forces. The will be mistaken, he said. “This is not about the broader social issues that are being discussed in society,” McCain said — it’s about what’s best for the military, and repealing the current policy was the wrong decision. “They will do what is asked of them, but don’t think it won’t be at great cost,” he said.

McCain began his speech by slamming the “bizzaro world” that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) inhabited, and accused Democrats of trying to “jam through” the remaining items — START, the DREAM Act and repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — on an agenda that was “absolutely repudiated” on November 2. “Everything we’re doing is completely ignoring that message,” McCain said. “Maybe it will require another election.”

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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