John McCain Rips Potential "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repeal

The Obama administration announced a deal last night that would repeal the U.S. military's 17-year-old policy of "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to homosexuals in the military, and John McCain aint happy about it.

McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the deal is being jammed through Congress by those on the left because Democrats "think that after the November elections, they may not have the votes."

McCain went on KBLU this morning to discuss his position on the possible repeal and said while he wasn't necessarily against a review of the law, he was concerned that the timing of the president's move could jeopardize military efforts waged by the U.S. around the world.

"We have to be careful to make any changes to it, because we're in two wars," McCain says.

Obama's deal to ditch "don't ask, don't tell" would only come after the president and his military advisers review the repeal and certify that it's "consistent with the military's standards of readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruitment and retention."

Despite McCain's often-vocal opposition to all things gay, members of his family are a little more open-minded.

Both McCain's wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan, posed for pro-gay-marriage campaign pictures.

Back in January, Meghan McCain spoke to students at the University of Florida and told them Arizona's senior senator was "coming along" on gay marriage -- another hot-button, gay rights issue McCain has opposed.

"He's 73 years old. It's difficult," she told the audience.

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