May 23rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Cuba policy to be based on 'libertad'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama attended a Cuban Independence Day event in Miami Friday."]
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama told Florida's Cuban American community Friday that his Cuba policy would be based on "libertad" and freedom for the island nation's people.

"The road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with justice for Cuba's political prisoners, the right of free speech, a free press, freedom of assembly, and it must lead to elections that are free and fair," Obama said. "That is my commitment."

"I won't stand for this injustice; you will not stand for this injustice, and together we will stand up for freedom in Cuba. That will be my commitment as president of the United States of America," the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race said during an address in to a Cuban American group in Miami, Florida.

Obama also said the policy for Cuba and the rest of Latin America would be guided by "the simple principle that what's good for the people of the Americas, is good for the United States."

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Blaine, WA 98230

    stop using gun power and use honey !!

    talk is cheaper than war !!

    May 23, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. steveda - poconos

    Stop with the "no experience already!!! Boby Kennedy who everyone holds up as a great visionary had 4 years in the U.S. Senate before announcing for the Presidency. Oh, by the way, both Clinton's supported his candidacy. Abraham Lincoln, the most effective and greateast president this country has ever had, lost his only run for the Senate, and had only state legislature experience before his election. Bush on the other hand had plenty of experience, as did Cheney and Rumsfield – and they have served us so well.

    Frankly, with the way these hooples have run this government I am not inclined to vote for anyone with "years" of so called government experience. As far as i can see government experience = expertise at lining your pockets with public money.

    May 23, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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