STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, let me get back to the original question.

MCCAIN: They've become -- they've become an autocracy.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Because President Medvedev says this proposal isn't even serious. So, I go back.

How are you going to exclude Russia from the G-8, when every other country is against it?

MCCAIN: I will stand up for what I think is the best for the United States of America and the world, the way that Ronald Reagan went to Berlin and said, "Tear down this wall."

And they said, "Oh, he's a cowboy. He's going to make relations worse. He shouldn't say that."

And yet, we wanted the Wall down. We want better Russian behavior internationally. And we have every right to expect it.

And I will do what I can to see that they reverse many of the behavior patterns, which have really been very unhelpful to peace in the world.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your position on gay adoption? You told the "New York Times" you were against it, even in cases where the children couldn't find another home. But then your staff backtracked a bit.

What is your position?

MCCAIN: My position is, it's not the reason why I'm running for president of the United States. And I think that two parent families are best for America.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what do you mean by that, it's not the reason you're running for president of the United States?

MCCAIN: Because I think -- well, I think that it's -- it is important for us to emphasize family values. But I think it's very important that we understand that we have other challenges, too.

I'm running for president of the United States, because I want to help with family values. And I think that family values are important, when we have two parent -- families that are of parents that are the traditional family.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But there are several hundred thousand children in the country who don't have a home. And if a gay couple wants to adopt them, what's wrong with that?

MCCAIN: I am for the values that two parent families, the traditional family represents.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you're against gay adoption.

MCCAIN: I am for the values and principles that two parent families represent. And I also do point out that many of these decisions are made by the states, as we all know.

And I will do everything I can to encourage adoption, to encourage all of the things that keeps families together, including educational opportunities, including a better economy, job creation.

And I'm running for president, because I want to help families in America. And one of my positions is that I believe that family values and family traditions are preserved.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Opponents of affirmative action are trying to get a referendum on the ballot here that would do away with affirmative action. Do you support that?

MCCAIN: Yes, I do. I do not believe in quotas. But I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I've always opposed quotas.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the one here in Arizona you support.

MCCAIN: I support it, yes.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally -- and I'm just going to take a stab at this. I pretty much know the answer.

I've been told that when you're talking about your vice presidential pick, the way you characterize it is, you want to scramble the jets with your pick. What does that mean?

MCCAIN: I've never used that phrase.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Never used that phrase?

MCCAIN: Never.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, what do you want to do with your pick?

MCCAIN: I want to be the best team that we can provide the United States of America in very difficult times.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you getting close on a decision?

MCCAIN: We are still in the process.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator McCain, thank you very much.

MCCAIN: Thank you.

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