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McCain: 'Don't ask' repeal will work
|Last Edited||Jason Jan 07, 2011 06:10am|
|News Date||Thursday, January 6, 2011 05:50:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday he would work to help implement the repeal of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, despite his opposition to that legislation. |
McCain signaled he had made peace with the lame-duck bill to do away with the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members, which he had sharply criticized.
"I think I have to do everything I can to make sure that the impact on the morale, retention, recruitment and battle effectiveness of the military is minimized as much as possible," McCain said on Fox Business. "It is a law and I have to do whatever I can to help the men and women who are serving, particularly in combat, cope with this new situation. I will do everything I can to make it work."
The Arizona senator and 2008 presidential nominee has been an outspoken critic of repealing the policy right up through its passage. But in a reverse of course on Thursday, McCain said he would do whatever he could to help implement the policy's repeal.