August 29th, 2007
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Where Castro stands on '08 race, Gore too

Castro wrote a Clinton-Obama ticket is "seemingly invincible".

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Add another name to the list of political observers who think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be unbeatable: Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In an editorial in Cuba's communist party newspaper, Granma, the ailing dictator said the pairing of the two White House hopefuls seemed "invincible," according to an English translation on the paper's Web site.

Castro, who has overseen communist rule of Cuba since 1959, did, however, make it clear that he is no fan of the two Democrats' support of democratic reform in Cuba.

"Both of them feel the sacred duty of demanding 'a democratic government in Cuba,'" Castro wrote. "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."

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–CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. anon, anonville, wa

    Oops, he'd be the fifth youngest. Great post, Antonio!

    August 29, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Eduardo

    I'm with Clinton on this Issue! However, Castro knows he can get away with lots of things, specially with a Democrat in the White House.

    August 29, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Ariel, Los Angeles, CA

    Castro doesn't give a flying bleep about Democracy in Cuba or majority of brain-washed Cubans...his only insterest is having the embargo lifted so his world-wide bank lines are open!

    August 29, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Greg, Santa Barbara CA

    Apparantly the dumbing down of U.S. society extends to journalists. I actually read Castro's statement, and nowhere do I see him endorse or give a nod to a possible Clinton/Obama ticket...he merely acknowledges that some others are of the opinion that such a ticket would be unbeatable. My dog could write a more factually accurate headline.

    August 29, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Dan, Tx

    1. Clinton and Obama will not be on the same ticket.

    2. Obama is plenty experienced both on international and domestic issues. As far as I can tell from the debates has more common sense and straight forward honesty than any other candidate.

    August 29, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. KD, Dallas, TX

    After reading many of these responses I worry about any election. Some people are way too ignorant and misinformed to offer their opinion here, let alone their vote for president. If you really want the best person to win, you had best be researching and not just listening to everyone else. Do not jump on an emotional issue such as gay marriage; which gave Bush the election again and continued the path of the current mess our country is in...or this emotional issue, creating a myth that a Clinton or Obama ticket would be a vote for communism. It's very disappointing hearing people say comments such as commies when describing Democrats. I personally feel that the president who has done the most damage to our freedom is Bush. He pushed for illegal wire tapping, eavesdropping on Americans, total disregard for the Geneva Convention, Abu Graib, Guantanamo Bay holding prisoners for years without charges, Valerie Plame, firing judges to help the Republican party, etc. all by using fear as pursuasion. If we get another president like this we may as well concede any freedom left. We need to let go of personal biases and THINK before spouting off and DEFINITELY before voting. Karl Rove was a genius getting Bush elected in the first place...the president with the least experience and no clear leadership ability. Karl Rove continued that genius getting Bush elected again. This combination did much damage to our reputation worldwide and our country's future generations. We totally disregard any attempt at altering the Greenhouse affect. Many republicans call it a myth created by democrats. They have no idea that the rest of the world belongs to the Kyoto Protocol. We rely heavily on middle eastern oil with barely any attempt at getting away from it. The most discouraging gift we are giving our children is a national debt that equals over 5 trillion dollars. Guess who our government owes that money to?...mostly China, communism at it's best. Please keep in mind, we had a surplus before this administration came into power. So, please stop the name calling, stop the ignorance (Castro did not say he is endorsing them as candidates, some people just cannot read), research the candidates, don't hop on the bandwagon, and make sense when it comes to electing someone.

    August 29, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Pepe

    For all you suggesting that endorsements from Chavez and other "dictators" will soon follow, don't worry, the administration terror alerts will be ringing so much, you'd think they were church bells in an old catholic town in some latin american country.

    August 29, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Shaniqua, Little Rock AR

    Are you people mad? The piece did not say that Fidel endorsed Clinton and Obama. It said he thinks that together they would be unbeatable. Many people in both major political parties believe this, too, regardless of whether or not they like or support either of them. But since when have the conservatives looked for the truth when they can spread empty rhetoric to stir the rubes?

    August 29, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Maybe Fidel is just showing his gratitude for what the Clintons did for the cigar industry.

    August 30, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. J Rothman, Milwaukee,Wi

    For one who cares what Fidel Castro thinks and secondly if either Clinton or Obama become president I without a doubt will spend every dime I have on firearms because our country will go to hell in a hand basket. I also agree with the other poster that a vote for either of them will be a vote for communism. Be smart people, think before you vote.

    August 30, 2007 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  11. KD, Dallas, TX

    Pepe, priceless comment and so true!

    August 30, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |

    I have to question whether or not this whole little endorsement was a set up by the republicans. Because face it, support for the Clinton/Obama ticket by a communist dictator doesn't really give people warm feelings in side. I actually wrote a blog about this, check me out at

    August 30, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Castro was handicapping the U.S. Presidential Race for amusement purposes but true to Orwellian/Rove form the Consevatives turn it into an endorsement. Evil minds come up with evil ideas.

    August 30, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. C, Sacramento, CA

    J. Rothman

    My reaction to your blog...WOW! Can you please explain your feelings?

    August 30, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    I would like to know why Hillary Clinton or Oboma thinks anyone in the South will vote for either one of them.
    They are only helping the establishment of a third party which will sweep out both the Republicans and Democrats.

    August 31, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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