In October 2006, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that "the day that the leadership of the military comes to" and says the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy "ought to change," he would "seriously" consider changing it. In an interview with the Washington Blade in 2008, he said he would "defer to our military commanders" on the issue.

But in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, McCain bristled when the Pentagon's top military and civilian leaders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced they were in favor of overturning the policy. "I'm happy to say we still have a Congress of the United States that would have to pass a law to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'...

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