From NBC's Ken Strickland
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress didn't need another speech from President Obama, but instead needs a plan for closing Gitmo. "A big flowery campaign speech is fine," McConnell said at a news conference. "But what the Congress voted for yesterday is not for a speech, but for a plan."
He again criticized the president for setting an "arbitrary" deadline for closing the facility, adding that neither former President Bush nor Sen. John McCain set deadlines when they recommended closing Gitmo. "And the reason they didn't is because it's easier said than done," McConnell said.
The Republican Leader also challenged the wisdom of holding detainees in U.S. prisons. "It's not a question of whether we're capable of trying them here. It's a question of whether we should try them here." McConnell said past terrorists' trials have resulted in classified information being leaked, threatening national security.
"We don't have to take all of those risk," McConnell said. "Most of these trials ought to be conducted at Guantanamo, a $200 million state of the art facility with courtrooms."
McConnell supports keeping Gitmo open, but said he was eager to review any plan the president puts forward.