Today, the 2008 Republican nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, famously a victim of torture himself in a Vietnam War prison, is weighing in for what may be the first time in the 2012 Republican primary. His Twitter post: "Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture."
The issue is just one of several in which the Republican contenders differ with McCain, reflecting the party's rightward march. Remember that at the time he was nominated, McCain had not yet backed away from his legislation to offer illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. Now, none of the GOP presidential candidates back "amnesty'' for undocumented workers; instead they've been trying to one-up each other with tough pronouncements on border security.
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