They have both flip-flopped on this issue!
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both supported closing Gitmo and keeping it open whenever the issue has been politically convenient.
Now that Obama is trying again to close the prison, they’re both for it. Still, it’s fun to watch them fight.
Sanders hits Clinton on Gitmo despite his own similar vote
Bernie Sanders attacked Hillary Clinton’s record on the detention center at Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday, just after President Barack Obama delivered his blueprint for the controversial military prison’s closure.
But Sanders himself has voted against shuttering the U.S. military facility in Cuba.
And unlike Clinton, he has not signed on as a cosponsor to legislation that would have led to the closure of the facility, otherwise known as Gitmo…
“Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values,” Obama said Tuesday in short remarks at the White House. “It undermines our standing in the world. It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law.”
Both Democratic candidates have agreed with Obama’s stance on the military prison in recent years.
But Sanders took a shot at Clinton on Tuesday as he praised Obama’s latest move.
“I am encouraged to see that the President is sending Congress a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison. As I have said for years, the prison at Guantanamo must be closed as quickly as possible,” Sanders said in a statement, noting that he visited the prison during a 2014 trip to Cuba.
He then took a shot at Clinton, saying, “Others, including my opponent, have not always agreed with me.”
But later in the article…
… in 2009, with Clinton serving as Obama’s secretary of state, Sanders broke with his fellow Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, on another Guantanamo Bay-related measure.
That vote, like the one Sanders criticized Clinton for casting, was overwhelming — a 90-to-6 vote to block Obama’s request for funds to shutter the facility in Cuba until the President laid out plans for what to do with the then-240 detainees there.
Sanders was among the 90 opponents of Obama on that measure; Leahy was among the six supporters.
They’re both liars.
They’re also putting our national security at risk in the name of political correctness.