Obama pledges again to shut Guantanamo prison

October 26, 2009 5:47:29 PM PDT
President Barack Obama says he's serious about closing the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That was the pledge he repeated Monday night at a congressional fundraiser in Miami.

Obama said: "We are going to close Guantanamo. We are serious about this."

The president, however, did not repeat the January 2010 deadline he originally set for shutting the facility.

Obama promised soon after taking office to close the prison, arguing that doing so would help restore the U.S. image abroad.

The White House has said it still hopes to meet that deadline. But senior officials have acknowledged it may slip because difficult issues still to be resolved. More than 220 detainees remain at the prison.


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