Republicans presidential candidate vowed to keep U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, as President Obama launches final push to close it. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republicans presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio vowed to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, as President Barack Obama launched a final push to close the U.S. military prison. "Not only are we not close Guantanamo, when I am President, if we capture a terrorist alive, they are not getting a court hearing in Manhattan, they are not going to be sent to Nevada, the are going to Guantanamo," Rubio said in Las Vegas ahead of the Republican caucus Tuesday. "You wake up this morning to the news that the President is planning to close Guantanamo, maybe even giving it back to the Cuban government," Rubio said. "This makes no sense to me," he said. "Number one, we are not giving back an important Naval base to an anti-American Communist dictatorship," he said. "And, number two, we are not going to close Guantanamo in fact, we shouldn't be releasing the people that are there now, they are enemy combatants," he said. In White House remarks, Obama, a Democrat, pleaded with the Republican-led Congress to give his proposal a "fair hearing." He said he did not want to pass along the issue to his successor next January. The Pentagon plan proposes 13 potential sites on U.S. soil for the transfer of remaining detainees but does not identify the facilities or endorse a specific one. Rubio is aiming to out-poll rival Ted Cruz in Nevada's caucus to bolster his position as the establishment favorite for his party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election. A recent CNN/ORC poll put Donald Trump ahead by 26 percentage points in Nevada at 45 percent, followed by Rubio, from Florida, at 19 percent and Cruz, from Texas, at 17 percent.