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Military / Gay Policy / "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" / A Discussion #982434

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 09, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The dramatic vote killing the ban on the military's gay policy of "don't ask, don't tell" this year with politics trumping policy reviewed; details given about the 57-40 vote, including the positions of Senators Blanche Lincoln, Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins and Harry Reid. [REID - says the time has gone.]

(Capitol Hill: Dana Bash) The surprise nature of the vote ordered by Reid, the problems for Reid in getting the votes and what he may do next reviewed and Congressional calendar problems discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and Servicemen United Alex Nicholson about the vote. [BEGALA - says the united Republican Party voted against the legislation they say they support after spending 9+ months on the bill; outlines the other issues the Congress has to deal with.] [ROLLINS - outlines what the Republicans wanted; states what President Obama could do about gays in the military.] [NICHOLSON - says Reid bears responsibility by not negotiating in good faith with Collins about debate on the issue.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Bash, Dana

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