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Pat Roberts to sit with senators from South Carolina, Colorado to protest Gitmo move

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is keeping up with his public protest of President Barack Obama’s plan to relocate terrorists now held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Roberts’ office said Tuesday that in an attempt to show “strong and unified opposition” to the idea, he’d sit with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner at the State of the Union address.

All are Republicans, and all are in states that the administration has surveyed as possible replacements for Gitmo.

Roberts has repeatedly pointed to the National Defense Authorization Act that Obama signed in November that included language that forbids the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland. The president has signaled that he remains open to signing an executive order to move the prisoners anyway.

The senators are concerned that relocating the detainees could make their states targets for terrorist attacks. They also cite the cost of building new facilities. Obama promised to close Gitmo when he ran for president in 2008.

The political implications of the decision, though, may be working against the Kansas senator.

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