Miami, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney came out swinging against Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a speech before a Cuban group in Miami Wednesday, and criticized President Obama for easing relations between the United States and Cuba.
"If I'm fortunate to become the next president of the United States, it is my expectation that Fidel Castro will finally be taken off this planet," Romney told the US-Cuba Democracy PAC. "I doubt he'll take any time in the sky. He'll find a nether region to be more to his comfort."
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Romney prompted cheers in the audience when he faulted Obama for easing some restrictions on traveling and sending remittances to Cuba by Cuban-Americans.
"This president does not understand that by helping Castro, he is not helping the people of Cuba. He is hurting them. He is not putting forward a policy of freedom, he is accommodating and encouraging a policy of oppression," Romney said. "If I'm president of the United States, we will return to Helms-Burton and the law, and we will not give Castro any gifts."
The Helms-Burton Act strengthens an embargo between the United States and communist Cuba.