Grayson, Paul spar over Guantanamo at GOP dinner

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidates Trey Grayson and Rand Paul disagreed over what should be done with the U.S. detention center in Cuba during a speech at the Jefferson County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.

The two candidates spoke Friday night in front of about 400 people in the state's most populous county.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state, said he favors keeping open the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Paul said his opponent took a quote out of context when Grayson claimed that Paul wanted the detainees to be returned to Afghanistan. Paul said what he actually said was that they should be deported if the U.S. cannot convict them.

Paul has previously acknowledged that his campaign Web site once said he supported closing the prison but he says that information has since been removed because it was posted without his knowledge by people no longer working with the campaign.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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