McCain opposes change to gays policy
December 2nd, 2010
10:28 AM ET

McCain opposes change to gays policy

Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.

"At this time, we should be inherently cautious about making any changes that would affect our military, and what changes we do make should be the product of careful and deliberate consideration," the Arizona Republican said.

His position is not that the law should never be changed, he said, but that "it may be premature to make such a change at this time and in this manner."

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  1. Cesar

    @CNN. Your bloggers are all behaving well. No cussing, fighting, nor insulting. No controversies.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Earthworm Jim

      $#!t– on a #*&^% in a ##@!

      🙂

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Another Tea Partier,I presume. You guys must like to cuss.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. osama bin diesel

    Cesar is a d o u c h e b a g , discuss

    December 2, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. termlimits

    You far right people and far left people need to wake up and join the rest of the country. We just help vote out some of the most weak kneed, corrupt bunch of morons in history. We are supposed to be a smarter world, some folks are gay!! You need to worry about that terrorist slitting your throat or blowing your family up, not old prejudices.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Protoman

      It's ok. Soon the old people who only vote down party lines will pass away, and those of us who actually read facts will be the old people voting. I hope there will be more independent candidates with an eventual 3rd party primary system that emerges, so the majority independent voter can have a say for once. Most people don't like politicians for a reason. McCain will of course ignore the fact that many gay men died in Vietnam along with other wars, but still take the far right stance despite polls showing most military don't really care. I have family who are ex military and they don't care where someone puts their sausage as long as they're left alone.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. baddabing

    I thought dinosaurs died like 65 million years ago??? Weird....

    December 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. willow

    We in Arizona don't believe that Senator McCain and Senator Kyl represent the people of Arizona. They have been in the Senate too long and are out of touch with the people and to know what they want. They both should retire. McCain has seven houses and still he has no compassion for those who don't have anything through no fault of their own.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      You're right about they've been there too long. The rest of it: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

      December 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    Why am I not surprised? Everybody should know by now how narrow minded John McCain is just like all the other Tea Partiers.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      And you're like all the other whining liberals!

      December 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nat

    Actually if you botherd to read the article you would of read the part where it said now was not the time..but did not say never...I think never is to soon..people want to be gay..well good for them..do they need to be out about it while serving our country...no..

    December 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • plewis1956

      McCain needs to s**t or get off the pot.

      If McCain thinks the policy is wrong, abolish it now and get on with the task of dealing with the consequences. I firmly believe that the US military will be stronger in the long run by embracing all qualified applicants and using the people available who have the skills we need. The military will adjust just fine, as it did when Truman integrated the military.

      If McCain think gays do not belong in the military, then advocate going back to the days when gays had to live in fear of exposure every day and were subject to blackmail by all kinds of individuals. No one should seriously think that back in those days there weren't gays in the military.

      What I cannot stand is the waffling. "Don't Ask, Don't tell" is the most idiotic policy ever conceived and is symptomatic of an inability to handle societal changes in an efficient and effective manner.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pamela

    And just WHY is now *not the time* and in what *manner* should this arcane law be changed? Just friggen DO it and move on. THIS was the other choice for President....so when you're hatin' on Obama, just remember, the other choice was JUST AS BAD.

    What a tool.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Melissa

    I am soooo tired of the bigotry in this country! Land of the free??? People have been gay since the beginning of time... GET OVER IT!

    December 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      You're right, if I want a french fry cooked with saturated fat then I should have it. And on and on and on and, well you get the idea about all the politically correct c rap we put up with!

      December 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nat

    What u call narrow minded..I call having morals..something that is fading fast in America!@

    December 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nat

    so to heck if it negatively affects the military...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dina

    Melissa your right people have been gay, but God is God and a sin is a sin. People do not need o get over it !!!!! I pray that you get your head on straight , God is comming, and fast. May you come to know his love an dmercy for those who show true forgiveness and repent. I guess your hereafter will be nothing of what you dream of !!!! Good luck.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      What if the Buddhists are right?

      December 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leave religion out

      sweetheart! just remember separation of church and state... keep god out of it like all the other deities need to stay out of it! we are people what we believe in or do (behind closed doors – as long as it hurts NOONE) is our right as citizens – remember "land of the free" which means we can be ourselves freely. I do not judge you for your size, hair color, skin tone, or religion do not judge others for who they choose to spend their lives with it is not your business because ...guess what???...at the end of the day you are looking yourself in the mirror the reflection you see is yours not anyone elses so if you are happy with what you see then great if you are unhappy about what others are doing with their life well then OH *BLEEPING* WELL.

      December 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      You do know people have been saying god is coming for as long as there has been "god"... Egocentric much, you believe you brief time of existence is important

      December 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dina

    Nat I agree with you ............. People are lost and confused, lets bring up to God's standard shall we? Melissa???? do you think Sodom and Gomora happened for no apprent reason ? Would you like to be turned into a pillar of salt ? or burn in hell for eternity ? you can only go 2 ways , think about it....... heaven or hell ? which is it gonna be ? I bet I know lol !!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      You are aware that in the bible it never actually states what the sin of sodom is. It was most likely bad manners!

      December 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dina

    McCain ROCKS !!!!!! ALL THE WAY :-)))))))

    December 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I AGREE WITH MCCAIN! Never! Should be the only time permitted for overturning current military policy!

      December 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard in Texas

    Way to turtle and crab walk there Sen. McCain

    December 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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