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Military / Gays / "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" / Lieberman Interview #981709

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 02, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) An historic day in the fight over "don't ask, don't tell" for gays in the military at the Armed Services Committee introduced; details given about objections to the repeal of the policy; scenes shown from the hearings. [In opening statement, Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike MULLEN†- says he has carefully considered the impact of his advice and calls for the repeal of the law.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES, Senator John McCAIN - offer views on the Marines' maturity issue.] [GATES - comments on the views on the force on this change.] [Senator Saxby CHAMBLISS - wonders if 265,000 service members will resign.] [Senator Susan COLLINS - asks if we can implement this change in time of a war.] [MULLEN - says the military has changed dramatically since 2001.] [McCAIN - comments on WikiLeaks leaks.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with Senator Joseph Lieberman about the policy. [LIEBERMAN - says there is no legitimate reasons fort sustaining "don't ask, don't tell" policies; comments on his friend McCain's position on a repeal; states military personnel say being gay has no effect--that soldiers protect each other; calls this policy a stain on the military.] Other material: [In 2006, McCAIN - says we should change the policy if the leaders suggest it.] [Today, McCAIN - says a change may be premature without further study.]

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