July 20th, 2010
01:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Gitmo shut-down not a priority, top Dem says

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is not a priority for House Democrats.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is not a priority for House Democrats.

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday that closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison is not a top priority for congressional Democrats.

In response to a question from a reporter about where shutting down Gitmo stands, Hoyer said, "I think that's not an item, as you point out, of real current discussion. There's some very big issues confronting us - dealing with growing the economy and Iraq and Afghanistan."

Hoyer added, "I think you're not going to see it discussed very broadly in the near term."


Filed under: Guantanamo • issues • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It has always been a priority of mine, and I would like them to rethink it after the November elections.

    July 20, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. hope?

    It's a broken promise. But, I think that it is important to keep it open.

    July 20, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Dems not a priority...

    Come Nov/2010 the the American voters will view the Dems seeking re-election not a priority....................................................................!

    July 20, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    Finally, they saw things realistically and realized Gitmo is not a priority to most of us but a waste of time. We need them to concentrate on jobs, moving the economy, helping businesses, clean up Louisiana, etc...

    July 20, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. thor

    One of the first thing that Obama did when he became president was order that GITMObe closed. It was that important !!! It was to be shutdown in Jan,2010.Exactly what has changed for Mr. Hoyer to say that it's not that important ,now.

    July 20, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR

    So Obozo and the DemocRATS viciously attack George Bush for YEARS about Gitmo and now they are in power and refuse to close it??!! More lies and stupidity from an inexperienced community organizer that thought he could just come in and close it down by waving his magic pen.

    I guess moving all of the prisoners to the US or setting them free must have been too much for their soft-on-terrorism image to handle?

    How many Obozo lies have to be shown before the American people WAKE UP??!! Obozo and the DemocRATS will lie, steal and cheat to get what they want. They are the most corrupt people on the planet.

    Save America... Vote every DemocRAT OUT of office!

    July 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Brigham

    Thats a real shocker with the November elections quickly approaching. What about that promise?

    July 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    So how many campaign promises can we count that Obama has turned around and taken the opposite position. My count is 19 now? Good thing 2012 is a ways away yet.

    July 20, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. snow

    Of course, it was another lie by nobummer to get the left to vote for him.

    July 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. David

    That is fair, jobs are more important.

    July 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Gitmo?? I thought Obama closed Gitmo last January...

    July 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Big George in Big D

    What? Another Nobama lie? Oh gee.

    July 20, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Hammerer

    The shut down of Gitmo was just a campaign promise by obama and like all of the rest is not a priority. Just a lie to produce votes.
    .

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    But we were promised!!

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. obama victim

    I don't understand?? Barry said they were going to close Gitmo within a year of his taking office....something about "world perception"?? almost like he was lieing....nah, can't be that

    July 20, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Steve- Illinois

    Not a priority!!! That can't be!!! GITMO is the symbol to the world of how nasty the U.S. is! What will the ultra liberals do? President Obama specifically promised closing GITMO in his 1st year! Now, almost 2 years later, it's not even being discussed???

    When will you people finally wake up and realize you bought into a fantasy?
    9.5% unemployment, Gibbs says that's not expected to change anytime soon.
    Almost a trillion $$$ in stimulus, with little to no results.
    The Presidents economic advisor basically stated they are pulling the jobs "saved or created" out of the air.
    I'm so glad they are at least sticking to their PAYGO resolution........oh wait, .....they're not..........they just decided every expenditure is now at "emergency" status!

    How's that "hopey, changey" thing working out for ya?

    Ya can't spend yourself out of bankruptcy, only into it!!!

    Common Sense!!!

    July 20, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. independent

    Gitmo itself isn't the problem; activities associated with it are: rendition, torture, lack of habeas corpus, etc. If the administration and the Justice Dept would condemn and eliminate the above, then they could keep Gitmo.

    Let NOAA, the Navy and Coast Guard use is as an emergency preparedness base.

    July 20, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    They were never going to close it liberals. You sheep fell for the old DNC dirty trick it again, again, again

    July 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Tony T

    Apparently niether are JOBS or the ECONOMY to the loons in the Whiote House and Congress. Can't believe Gitmo couldn't be closed by the annoited one, it was supposed to be so easy. That's the difference between a leader and a talking head.

    July 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. rob

    Hoyer added, "I think you're not going to see it discussed very broadly in the near term."

    You certainly won't hear it discussed here at CNN again.

    July 20, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. U.S. Common Sense

    Interesting. In June 2007, Hoyer said that Gitmo was "an international disgrace that every day continues to sully this great nation's reputation". So ... it was a big deal three years ago, but it isn't now. I wonder what changed.......

    July 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Blaum

    Lie #145

    (sure did sound good on the campaign trail though..... you know?)

    July 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    What they mean is, they haven't gotten a clue, as to what to do with it.

    July 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. stormerF2

    Obama lies again,and again,and again,and the lame stream media keeps giving him a pass. Now wonder their ratings are in the toilet.

    July 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. doug

    Told ya the whole we want gitmo closed was a lie by the libs.

    On the bright side, at least with Obama the lib as president, we no longer have millions of Americans praying to hear about our troops dying in Iraq and Afganistan to score some cheap political points.

    July 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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