January 25th, 2012
05:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's tough talk on Castro

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.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Not much of a real statement about Cuba. Certainly not the kind of rhetoric that is going to motivate the FL Cuban community.

    January 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. diridi

    what a crazy idiot...shame.

    January 25, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. V in Chicago

    Just what we need. Another conflict outside our borders. Don't these jerks get it? We need to concentrate on the United States. If Castro isn't aiming missles at us, then what are we doing talking about him? That is the problem with the entire Republican Party. A bunch of war-mongers, whose buddies make millions over our playing big brother to the rest of the world.

    Do all of us a favor Mitt – Concentrate on the issue of the economy and job creation. And quit making a fool out of yourself trying to play the tough foreign policy guy. It doesn't suit you!

    January 25, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Harry's Watching

    Obama orders a real rescue and killing of pirates, Romney talks tough and throws around a loose threat that when asked about it he'll shift his position and say he meant Castro would leave the earth naturally instead of a violent act from the United States. The Prez talks the talk, Romney flaps his lips.

    January 25, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. gt

    just the cubans have the internet.. walmart and fords... then there will be a over throw..

    January 25, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Ex-republican

    Don't wory, Mittens, you won't have this chance to became POTUS!

    January 25, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Ex-republican

    He is proving every day more and more what idiot he is!

    January 25, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. TanaMana

    "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. – Romney may be rich but not sophisticated and smart enough to be the president of our country. Not getting my vote.

    January 25, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He sure thinks he's God already – condemning another human to hel* - maybe Fidel asked for forgiveness (like the republicans do all the time).

    January 25, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Why are all these republicans threatening every country in the world? Trying for world peace? I don't think so.

    Agitators and haters and liars = republicans.

    January 25, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    "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 never think before he talk , Past 10 presidential election we heard same talk
    enough

    January 25, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Ron

    Poor little, rich, Willard. See ehat happens when you let rich people pay 14% tax on millions of dollars? They waste it; thinking they "deserve" to be president just because they're rich. Why else would Willard make such a fool of himself and enter the race for the GOP nomination??

    January 25, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. chromigula

    "...it is my expectation that Fidel Castro will finally be taken off this planet."

    Am I missing something, or did a candidate for president just publicly say that he's already making plans to assassinate the leader of a sovereign nation?

    January 25, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. ms lulu

    How irresponsible for Mr. Romney to make such a statement. What, is he declaring war on Cuba now? He is utterly dangerous for our country!

    January 25, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney's tough talk on Castro
    OMG – now here we go
    Trying to appease to Cubans because they are in line in the next state…
    where the candidates want to WIN votes and all of the debates

    "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,” [no mistake]
    "I doubt he'll take any time in the sky…” [because I will “hit the red button” that spells abort!]
    [And in the end, I will guarantee] “…He'll find a nether region to be more to his comfort."

    Does MITTens even make sense? Is Cuba bothering us? He’ll start a war in Iran; abort Fidel Castro; help Israel start a nuclear war and on top of that, continue to pay a 15% tax rate!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 25, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. enuff

    Oh good grief. I really hope none of these other countries pay attention to these blithering wanna-be candidates. Otherwise, any good-will that has been established between us and foreign counties will be obliterated.

    January 25, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. enuff

    First tough talk on Turkey, now this garbage.

    January 25, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Proud Progressive

    Sure talks tough for a wimp. I cant wait till the debates with obama. Its going to be great fun watching barack boitch slap this richboy till he crys like a schoolgirl! Wheres his birth certificate?

    January 25, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Josaphat Daniels

    Is he kidding, does he want to topple fidel castro like Obama toppled ghadafi? He knows how to talk too much like it's so
    simple. If he takes americans to cuba the cubans will whoop their butts worse than the pigs of bay invasion.

    January 25, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Reggie from LA

    It is Romney's expectation to be able to get his grubby "mits" (I made a pun) into their money too at some point. That's been tried down there already. Maybe he wants to stash a few bucks down there, or maybe just buy some political capital. Sure is tuff-talk. That's a sleeping dog he could have let lie. I

    January 25, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    More pandering by a Panderer in Chief wanna-be. Both Castros are old and non-players. Why not open up Cuba and Cuban to Americans and visa versa?

    Hey Mitt, why don't you show people that you can think beyond the next election. (And hey, isn;t Cuba near the Caymemn Islands? How convenient!)

    January 25, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Floe

    Romney talks tough, big boy talk. By the way, how much money does he have stashed away in Swiss banks and the Cayman Islands? He isn't talking much about THAT,is he?

    January 25, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Jake

    wow! i was sort of warming to Romney, but this is way off base! just another war mongering monster seeking office! And I highly doubt these actions and feelings are in step with the Mormon faith! who are you, Mitt!?!?

    January 25, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Brian Smith

    If I am elected President, I will remove Mitt Romney from the planet. Vote for me.

    January 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    Pandy McPander tells Cubans in Florida that he wants Castro dead. Well, more or less. Panderlicious!

    January 25, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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