Meghan McCain predicted that her father Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — who was once open to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — would filibuster the measure if it ever comes before the Senate. Appearing on MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word’ with Lawrence O’Donnell, McCain said that while the Senator would definitely oppose the measure, the ban will eventually be overturned:
O’DONNELL: What do you think he will do with this bill coming to the Senate in its current form? Would he be part of a group that would try to prevent it from coming to a vote?
MCCAIN: Yeah, I do. I think my father will filibuster probably. And I think that this will probably pass, and I think gay marriage will pass in this country.
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Sen. John McCain hasn’t yet announced how he would proceed once Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) brings the measure to the floor of the Senate, but during an appearance on Michael Medved’s radio show yesterday he again criticized Democrats for supposedly rushing repeal and cited the opinions of military leaders who agree with his position.
Supporter appear to have 60 votes to move the measure, however. Earlier today, a spokesperson for Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) announced that the he “accepts the Pentagon’s recommendation to repeal the policy after proper preparations have been completed” and “will support” “a clean repeal bill comes up for a vote.” Yesterday, Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also pledged their support.