After ISIS, will promise of closing Gitmo motivate Democratic base to vote?
We’ve already seen how Democrats are trying to mobilize the base with the quiet promise of Obama executive action on “immigration reform.”
Here’s the chaser for the base — Obama might also close Gitmo, via Washington Examiner:
President Obama is exploring executive action to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a move that would stoke an even larger fight with congressional Republicans over the scope of his presidential powers.
Obama is mulling options for bringing Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil, despite a congressional ban of such a practice, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Obama’s inability to close the prison facility in Cuba is arguably his greatest unmet promise since taking office in 2008.
However, with Obama also set to announce executive action on immigration reform after the November midterm elections, the move to shutter Gitmo could give Republicans ammunition to suggest he is overstepping his constitutional authority.
The president could potentially veto the annual defense spending bill or attach a signing statement to the legislation labeling restrictions on prisoner transfers as unconstitutional.
This tweet pretty much sums it up:
How desperate is Obama to get his extremist base to vote next month? He's floating closing Gitmo again to excite them http://t.co/h9So1Mii4N
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 10, 2014
Bonus Question: After ISIS, is the Democratic base still anti-Gitmo?DONATE
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