Guantanamo prisoners tuned in for Obama-Romney debate

October 23, 2012 20:20

GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A few dozen Guantanamo prisoners were among the millions who tuned in for the US presidential debate on Monday night.

Two cell blocks watched on television as Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney squared off in Boca Raton, Florida. Another cell block followed a radio broadcast, a military spokeswoman said.

There was no word on who they rooted for, but they would have been disappointed if they were hoping to hear about their own situation. Although the debate's focus was foreign policy, there was no mention of Obama's failed promise to shut down the detention camp at the US Naval base in eastern Cuba, which still holds 166 captives and is seen as fueling anti-US sentiment around the world.

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