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Obama's Marine Corps Commandant Pick Says DADT Repeal Could Hurt Morale

Senate Holds Nomination Hearing For Gen. James Amo To Be Marines Commandant

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 21: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong/Getty hide caption

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(Update at 3:10) Senate votes to not take up debate on Don't Ask, Don't Tell by 56-43 vote.

General James Amos said Don't Ask Don't Tell should not be repealed. At least not until the Pentagon has finished its own study of the matter, which is expected to come out in December.

Amos said he was concerned morale could be effected and that it could become a distraction for troops preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

He made the comments today at his confirmation hearings to become Marine Corps Commandant, on the same day the Senate is supposed to have a key test vote on the issue. When asked his opinion of the repeal by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) he replied, ""Sir, I've heard at the Marine bases and the Marine input
for the online survey, it has been predominantly negative."

He did say, however, that if the law is changed he would obey it.

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