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Gwen Graham votes with Republicans on Gitmo transfers

via @learyreports

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gwen Graham was one of only 12 Democrats to vote this morning for a GOP bill to prevent the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

The bill, which passed 244-174, comes as President Obama seeks to empty the prison and fulfill a campaign pledge. He’s unlikely to succeed.

"Our greatest responsibility is to protect the American people and keep our country safe," Graham said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. "I've read the classified documents on the detainees and personally toured GTMO. I believe it's the safest place to hold these criminals who would stop at nothing to murder innocent Americans."

Graham is likely to run for governor in 2018.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times