Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made an appearance on this weekend’s “Meet the Press.” McCain addressed a wide array of issues, including his stance on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
The senator reiterated his desire to see a completed report from the Pentagon regarding the policy:
You and I have not seen that study. And this study was directed at how to implement the repeal, not whether the repeal should take place or not. But, very importantly, we have people like the commandant of the Marine Corps, the three other — all four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects — not how to implement a repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness.
McCain also expressed doubt about the credibility of the report:
I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale. What this study is, is designed to do is, is to find out how the repeal could be implemented. Those are two very different aspects of this issue.
And of course, host David Gregory brought up Cindy McCain’s appearance in a recent promo video for NOH8, where she criticized religious and political leaders over gay issues. McCain joked, “I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family.”