Guantanamo Bay Prison

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Ayotte has questioned Hassan's position on closing Guantanamo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:59 p.m. | President Barack Obama has vowed to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to close Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, with two detainees having already been transferred abroad this week.  

But Democrats running for Congress in a year when national security has ascended to the forefront of voters' minds are making campaign promises of their own that don't necessarily align with helping the president fulfill his 8-year-old pledge. In Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans say the facility will be around forever under their watch, setting up a fundamental contrast between the president and the Republican Party about what's a bigger threat to national security — closing the facility or keeping it open.