(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign is striking back at Barack Obama over his charge that the presumptive Republican nominee had flip-flopped on Cuba policy, accusing the Illinois senator Tuesday of being dishonest about his own position on lifting the U.S. economic embargo on the island nation.
“Barack Obama’s commitment to unconditional summit meetings with rogue leaders like Raul Castro shows weak judgment, and his failure to be honest about it demonstrates weak leadership, both of which threaten to make America and the world less safe,” said McCain spokesman Jeff Sadosky.
In a CNN interview earlier Tuesday afternoon, Obama denied that he had ever held that position, a charge made by McCain at a morning campaign event in Miami. “I have never said that I was prepared to immediately normalize relations with Cuba,” Obama told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The only person who has flip-flopped on this issue is John McCain, who in 2000 said that he would be prepared to start normalizing relations even if a whole host of steps have not been taken. That is a reversal from the position he is taking now.”