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Guantanamo Bay debate to play out in Rubio-Murphy race



President Obama's determination to clear out the prison at Guantanamo Bay ensures the issue will play in elections this fall, and Marco Rubio this week took a shot at Patrick Murphy for supporting the closure.

"The release of 15 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay is a threat to the safety of all Americans, yet Patrick Murphy continues to stand in lock-step with the Obama administration's dangerous national security views," Rubio's Senate campaign said earlier this week. The candidate raised the issue in a subsequent radio interview.

Murphy's campaign said he supports the closure.

"Floridians can't trust Marco Rubio with our national security when he rarely showed up for important classified Intelligence meetings and stands by 'con man' Donald Trump handling our nation's nuclear codes. Unlike Missing Marco, Patrick showed up to work as a member of the House Intelligence Committee and he stands by President Obama's plan."

Last year, Murphy's Congressional office gave us a more complete take on his view, which has been supported by votes in favor of closure.

"As a member of the Intelligence Committee, he believes that closing Guantanamo will improve our security by depriving ISIL and other terrorist groups an effective recruiting tool and supports giving the President the flexibility to close Guantanamo."

Obama vowed to close the detention center but will likely fall short of that goal. This week's disclosure that 15 prisoners were sent to the United Arab Emirates means there are 61 people still being held.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2016 12:22pm]


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