Monday, February 15, 2010

Torture: The GOP's Default Position?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

In the debate over the use of torture methods such as waterboarding during the Bush administration, a key defense was that the "enhanced interrogation techniques" were used in rare instances.

But today, Republican J.D. Hayworth embraced torture methods against captured terrorist such as the underwear bomber in a broadside against Sen. John McCain as the former congressman launched his campaign against Arizona's senior senator. Check out this detail from Howie's story:

At an event outside his Phoenix headquarters Monday, Hayworth hurled broadsides at the senator, saying McCain is on the wrong side of all the issues important to GOP conservatives. That includes the incumbent's call to close the prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo, his support for some sort of cap-and-trade system of cutting pollution, his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help bail out financial institutions and his efforts to limit campaign spending.

That's not all.

"Just like the liberals, John opposes waterboarding captured terrorists like the Christmas bomber,'' he said.

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