Kirsten Gillibrand: John McCain Was Wrong Then, And He's Wrong Now

11/20/2013 06:16 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2013

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) criticized Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for not supporting her proposal to remove military sexual assault cases from the chain of command, saying this isn't the first time he's been wrong.

“I respect Sen. McCain and we are friends, but with all due respect to him, he was wrong about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and he was wrong about sexual assault in the military,” Gillibrand said in a Wednesday interview with Fusion's “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos.”

“Our job as members of Congress is to provide that oversight and accountability over the military, over the Department of Defense,” Gillibrand said. “And there is a growing chorus of military leaders who have even more experience than Sen. McCain who are saying, 'This should be taken out of the chain of command.'"

McCain isn't the only one resisting Gillibrand's efforts. The AP reports 11 members of the 26-member Armed Services Committee sent a letter to colleagues Monday rejecting Gillibrand's effort.

Earlier this month, Gillibrand predicted the military sexual assault bill would pass the Senate, and said she thought tea party stars like Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would approach the issue with "common sense."

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