Kander, Blunt speak against plan to close Guantanamo Bay
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's candidates for a U.S. Senate seat are criticizing the president's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Republican incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic challenger Secretary of State Jason Kander said closing the facility in Cuba would be dangerous.
Democratic President Barack Obama released a plan Tuesday to close Guantanamo Bay. Obama wants to change a law that now prevents detainees from being held in the U.S.
Blunt says moving detainees accused of violent extremist acts would put Americans at risk. He said he'll fight to keep those prisoners out of the U.S.
Kander similarly spoke against closing the facility and said he wants Obama to reconsider the plan.
The candidates' opposition could be one of the few times they agree leading up to the Nov. 8 election.
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