McCain Says He Would be 'Comfortable' With His Daughter Serving in Combat

February 13, 2013 - 6:38 AM

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military.

“I have a son in the military, I have another that’s a navy pilot, I have another one who served in the Marine Corps, and I would certainly feel not only comfortable but proud,” McCain said after President Obama’s State of the Union address when asked by CNSNews.com if he would be comfortable with his daughter serving in combat.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama alluded to the recent decision by his administration to lift the military ban on women in combat.

“We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters and moms, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat,” Obama said.

On Jan. 24, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the lifting of the 1994 ban on women being assigned to ground combat units.

Sen. McCain has seven children, including four sons and three daughters. His son Jimmy served in the Marine Corps and two others--Jack and Doug--are or were Navy pilots.