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Harry Reid, Lady Gaga swap tweets

What does a Democratic septuagenarian son of a hard rock miner from Searchlight, Nevada have in common with a bisexual pop megastar whose political statements have been known to involve wearing raw meat?

Twitter, apparently, and support for ending the military’s policy of banning openly gay members from serving.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a virtual exchange today with Lady Gaga – who happens to have 7 million followers on the social media website – over the timing of a vote to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“Gay Veterans were my VMA dates,” she tweeted, including a photo of herself with discharged members of the military at the MTV awards festivities over the weekend. “Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote.”

In a response, Reid flagged the “Poker Face” artist to a press release from his campaign website indicating that the vote has in fact been set for next week. “@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so,” he replied.