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|Lindsey Graham casts doubt on DADT repeal ahead of Pentagon report|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 29, 2010 13:34|
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham addressed the possible lame-duck congressional repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy this weekend on Fox News Sunday.
Graham insisted that the required number of votes to break a Senate filibuster were not in place, especially on the Republican side of the aisle.
He also said the motivation for repeal was for political gain.
“The question that was asked of our military members is how would you implement ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ once it's repealed,” Graham told host Chris Wallace. “They didn't ask the question, ‘Should it be repealed?’ This is a political promise made by Sen. Obama when he was running for president.”
Graham, a strong ally of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), did not go as far as saying that he would support a filibuster but indicated he would not support lifting the ban during the lame duck session.
Graham is a former JAG lawyer and is considered a congressional leader on issues of defense.
According to media reports, several GOP senators are in favor of repeal, including Sens. Lisa Murkowksi (R-Ak.), Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) and Jon Ensign (R-Nv.).
Top photo: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Sc.) says that repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unlikely in the lame duck session of Congress (official photo)
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