Like McCain, Lindsey Graham, wanted to hear from military leaders on repeal of DADT

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, is on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Being in the military and all, Lindsey would probably have a unique perspective on the repeal of DADT, so we were hoping to hear from him at the hearing today. But, Lindsey was a no-show.

What’s not a surprise is that Lindsey says almost the same thing about DADT as his mentor, John McCain.

Via Adam Blickstein, we learn that last year, Lindsey, just like his mentor John McCain, said he wanted to hear from military leaders:From NPR last year:

“‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is a policy I think has served the country well,” said South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, a prosecutor in the Air Force Reserve. “Why should we change it? I’m not going to be persuaded to change military policy by a bunch of political activists. If the military leadership tells me that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ needs to be changed, I’ll certainly be open-minded to that.”

Admiral Mullen made his position pretty darn clear today. Lindsey’s been told that DADT needs to be changed. So, Adam asks:

The military leadership has spoken. The balls in your court, Sen. Graham. Will you be open minded?

We’re really looking forward to getting an update from Graham.


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