Guantanamo detainees gear up for Election Day?

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A watch tower is seen in the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, houses the American detention center for 'enemy combatants'. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Story highlights

  • The detainees watched the presidential debates
  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton differ on Gitmo's fate

(CNN)It could be one of the most unusual "watch parties" for the voting results.

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have television access, with some watching the past presidential debates. Now some off them might tune into Tuesday's election night coverage.
There are 60 detainees left at the facility and those in good standing have access to over 200 TV channels in various languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Russian, according to Lt. Col. John Parks, a military spokesman for Guantanamo Bay.
    "They have access to the television 24 hours a day," he told CNN. "Even when on lockdown for maintenance, the televisions are on."
    He added, "The detainees keep up to date on US politics and several of the detainees did watch portions of the presidential debates."
    Parks also noted at least one detainee's favorite program is the US television series "Desperate Housewives."
    The detainees could well be interested in the outcome of the election. Hillary Clinton has long supported closing the facility, while Donald Trump has talked about his interest in holding trials of US citizens there, which the law doesn't currently permit.