Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden blasted DFL Sen. Al Franken today for supporting the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
During a Rochester press conference, McFadden said it's a mistake to close Guantanamo Bay, especially considering recent reports that 20 to 30 former detainees are fighting with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.
"Sen. Franken continues to call upon the closing of Guantanamo, which I think is reckless. We are at war with ISIS," McFadden said.
President Obama is reportedly considering using his executive authority to close Guantanamo Bay and move the detainees to the U.S. prison facilities, leading some to question if such detainees could end up at Rochester's Federal Medical Center.
"I think that's an incredibly bad idea. I would never support that we bring terrorists to Rochester," McFadden said.
Franken campaign spokesman Ryan Furlong accused McFadden of trying to "score cheap political points" on a serious issue and said Franken does not support the president using his executive authority to shut down Guantanamo Bay.
"Sen. Franken has been on top of terrorist recruitment in Minnesota since taking office and has been clear that he believes the American judicial system can be an effective weapon in the fight against terrorism," Furlong said in a statement. "He also believes that the President does not and should not have the authority to circumvent Congress and unilaterally close Guantanamo Bay."