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Cruz on Guantanamo Bay: "We ought to expand it"

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 00:55

The Republican presidential candidate would like to see more prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, saying ''We ought to expand it.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz would like to see more prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, telling Faith & Family Presidential Forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, "we ought to expand it." "In my view not only should we not close Gitmo, but we ought to expand it," Cruz said. "I'd like to see as many terrorists as possible take up permanent residence in Gitmo," he said. "Listen on Gitmo, this President, what he is doing is profoundly irresponsible," Cruz said. "He is releasing dangerous terrorists, I think he want to close Gitmo before he leaves which I think makes no sense what so ever," Cruz said. "These terrorists are returning to the theater of battle...I don't know how you look in the eyes of a Mom or dad who lost their son or daughter trying to capture these terrorist in the first place after you turn around and you release them and we are going to have to send yet more of our sons and daughters to capture them, or kill them, because they have once again returned to waging jihad against America." The administration has been working for years to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, where about 158 detainees from various countries remain after years of detention without trial at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The prison has been condemned internationally. While lawmakers of both political parties refused to yield on the ban against bringing prisoners to the United States, they were willing to relax rules for sending prisoners to their home countries. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and has a double-digit lead in opinion polls over Texas Senator Ted Cruz for South Carolina contest, according to a Real Clear Politics average of polls.

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Cruz on Guantanamo Bay: "We ought to expand it"

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 00:55