by Jim Nintzel
In a tweet, Sen. John McCain pushes back against the 2012 GOP presidential candidates who supported waterboarding in last week's presidential debate.
Bloomberg rounds up the candidates' positions:
Republican presidential candidates differed on whether waterboarding should be used as an interrogation technique in fighting terrorism as they debated national security ahead of the early nominating contests.
“I want to save American lives and that’s why I want the CIA to have every interrogation tool available to them so that we can win the war on terror,” Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
Four of the candidates split evenly when asked about waterboarding during a debate Nov. 12 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Hosted by CBS News and the National Journal, it was the Republicans’ 10th debate and the first focused on national security.
Bachmann and businessman Herman Cain said they favored waterboarding as an effective interrogation technique. Cain said that he doesn’t see waterboarding as torture, and doesn’t “agree with torture. Period.”
“However, I would trust the judgment of our military leaders to determine what is torture and what is not torture,” Cain said. “That is the critical consideration.”
Representative Ron Paul of Texas and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. said they opposed waterboarding, in which water is poured into a cloth placed over a detainee’s mouth to simulate drowning.
“It’s illegal under international law and under our law,” Paul said during the debate. “It’s also immoral.”
“Waterboarding is torture,” Huntsman said in the debate.