Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz calls on President Obama to not only keep the military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, but to “expand it.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Cruz: Obama should expand Guantanamo, not close it
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STORY: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz called on President Barack Obama not to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, but to “expand it,” at a campaign event in South Fernley, Nevada.
Obama launched a final push on Tuesday to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
“You know just today, President Obama announced his plans to try to shut down Guantanamo terrorist detention facilities,” Cruz said. “Let me say this Mr. President, don’t shut down Gitmo, expand it and let’s add some new terrorist there,” he said.
“How on earth does any President look in the eye of a mother or father whose son or daughter lost their lives capturing these terrorists,” Cruz said. “And the next President is going to have to look in the yes of a father or mother that we have to send your son to go capture these terrorist again or kill them because President Obama released them,” cruz said.
“Enough kissing up to the politically correct leftists, I am sorry you are too terrified to say the words radical Islamic terrorism, but protect this country Mr. President,” Cruz said.
He also said he thinks Obama intends to give Guantanamo bay back to Cuba. “Mr. President, you don’t have the authority to give away vital military assets of the United States of America, and if you do this to the next President, you will be held accountable,” Cruz said.
Cruz also weighed in on Obama’s upcoming trip to Cuba. “It wouldn’t be a terrible thing if he just stayed,” Cruz said. “You know the man is trying to transform this country into a Communist/Socialists paradise, well there is one that is just 90 miles away,” he said.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio aimed to out-poll Cruz in Nevada’s caucus on Tuesday to bolster his position as the establishment favorite for his party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 election.
The rivalry between Rubio and Cruz, who won the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, has intensified as both seek a boost going into the nominating contests in a dozen states on March 1, known as Super Tuesday.
On Saturday, Rubio beat Cruz by fewer than 1,000 votes for second place in South Carolina’s Republican primary.