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Republican U.S. Senate candidates blast Obama on Gitmo



Republican U.S. Senate candidates rushed to condemn President Obama's moves on Guantanamo Bay while Democrat Patrick Murphy said he supports the closure, illustrating the partisan divide on an issue is likely to surface in the general election.

"For far too long the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has been a stain on our American values that undermines our security around the world," Murphy said. "As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I will continue to support closing Guantanamo in a responsible way that protects the safety and security of the American people."

Republicans were uniformly opposed.

Todd Wilcox: "As President Obama begins packing for his Cuban vacation next month, he’s sending a terrible message today to the American people that our safety and security is secondary to dictators he wishes to win over. GITMO was established after 9/11 as a detention center for the terrorists who’ve committed acts of war against the American people. It is unconscionable that this President, even as we face growing threats here at home and around the world, would ask the American people to accept any plan that includes housing these terrorists on our homeland.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera: "Yet again, President Obama is putting his political agenda and legacy over the safety and security of American citizens. The plan he has offered to close Guantanamo is incomplete and unsustainable, doing nothing to assure Americans they are safe. By bringing terrorists to our shores, President Obama opens the potential for liberal groups to stand up claiming these terrorists now are entitled to the same rights as those they seek to kill. Furthermore, what is to stop the Castro regime from making a deal allowing one of our enemies to establish a presence in the very facility that our taxpayer money built. President Obama's entire policy toward Cuba is misguided and simply wrong. It is wrong for our military, it is wrong for our national security and it is wrong for freedom."

Ron DeSantis: "Bringing hardened terrorists to the U.S. homeland harms our national security. The obsession of President Obama with closing the terror detention facility in Guantanamo Bay is based on his left-wing ideology, not on a clear-eyed assessment of America's national security interests. Congress should remain steadfast in blocking the President from bringing terrorists to our shores." 

David Jolly: "At a time when terrorism continues to spread throughout the world, we must remain resolved to defeat it. The president should focus on defeating terrorists, not accommodating them. The stakes are too high to jeopardize Americans' security for the sake of enhancing a personal legacy."


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:48pm]


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