Kansas GOPers Beg McCain: Don't Move Gitmo Here

07/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • McClatchy

An idea to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for war-on-terror detainees and transfer the prisoners to the military prison here -- championed for more than a year by Republican presidential hopeful John McCain -- has drawn sharp opposition from the base's commander and both of Kansas' U.S. senators.

The opposition is a sign of a split within the GOP over detainee policy in a state that traditionally has voted Republican in presidential elections. Both Kansas senators, Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, are Republicans.

In a letter to their fellow senators Wednesday, the two pleaded that their state not become home to any prisoners still in U.S. custody when Guantanamo is closed, something both McCain and Democratic hopeful Barrack Obama have pledged to do as president.

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