Fiorina: I don't think GTMO is broken and I'd keep it open

Fiorina: I don't think GTMO is broken and I'd keep it open

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop at The Citadel today.

The businesswoman and former CEO of Hewlett Packard focused on national security and foreign relations.

She was invited to speak at the forum by the Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security, the organization focused on national security issues.

"I think it's clear almost to everyone now that the world is a more dangerous place," said Fiorina.

In front of the packed room in Charleston, Fiorina addressed the possible closure of Guantanamo Bay Military Prison.

If closed, Pentagon officials have considered placing GTMO's dangerous prisoners at the Navy Consolidated Brig in Hanahan, South Carolina.  Many of South Carolina state lawmakers have strongly opposed this and Fiorina says she does as well.

"I don't think you fix things that aren't broken, I don't think GTMO is broken and I'd keep it open," said Fiorina.

Fiorina added that she feels the Obama Administration has lost chances at gaining valuable information from the terrorists kept at there, to avoid controversy.

"When we have an opportunity to capture these people and understand who they are, what they're doing and what they're planning to do next...I would take full advantage of that opportunities, obviously," said Fiorina.

On the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry announcement regarding Syrian refugees, Fiorina says the plan to allow nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S isn't clear enough.

"We must ensure that we understand whose coming in and why and are they a threat to this country or not," said Fiorina. "We do not have the same moral obligation to accept people who are seeking better economic opportunities."

Fiorina also wants to send a message to Russia, whose military is now occupying parts of Syria.

"Vladimir Putin must see strength and resolve on the other side of the table," said Fiorina. "I would immediately begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet right in his backyard."

Fiorina also touched on issues surrounding the Veterans Administration. She said the VA needs to be restructured to better meet the needs of those who have served our country.

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