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posted Friday, May 3, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 18
All apologies - Sen. Joe Manchin is sorry he tried to block DADT repeal
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All apologies - Sen. Joe Manchin is sorry he tried to block DADT repeal

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

West Virginia's conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said on April 27 that he now thinks he was 'wrong' to vote against repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT).

In December 2010, Manchin voted with most Republican senators against cloture on DADT repeal, which would have prevented the repeal bill from coming up for a vote.

'That was the wrong vote,' Manchin said at a breakfast hosted by National Journal and The Atlantic, an event which also featured MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. 'Today I would vote the other way.'

SKIPPED FINAL VOTE
When the DADT repeal finally did come up for a vote on December 18, 2010, Manchin skipped it, telling reporters he was going back to West Virginia for a 'holiday gathering.'

Explaining his vote against cloture in December 2010, Manchin said he voted the way he did because of the 'timing' of the DADT repeal legislation.

'I do not support its repeal at this time,' Manchin said at the time. 'I would like to make clear that my concern is not with the idea of repealing DADT, but rather an issue of timing.

'My concerns, as highlighted in the recent defense survey and through the testimony of the service chiefs, are with the effect implementation of the repeal would have on our front-line combat troops at this time,' he said.

Despite his regrets with regard to DADT, Manchin remains one of only three Democratic senators who have not endorsed same-sex marriage.

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