May 23rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Mike

    Libertard, is that how it is spelled?

    All I know is that the Mayans may have had it right. 2012 is the end of the world on their calendar and that is about how long it will take Obama to finish off this wounded country with his nonsense.

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Scott, Wichita

    This sounds exactly like what we found out didnt work about 50 years ago...

    So much for "change"

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Juan Rodriquez, South Beach, FL

    We were at Obama's speech on Cuba-–this guy is the biggest woos and appeaser we have ever seen--McCain–Si
    Obama –NO!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. ao

    did i just just miss something – but didn't he change his stance now? I mean, he is against pre-conditions, isn't he?

    May 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. If not Hillary, then Mccain

    Washington, DC- Two veterans of investigations into Communist influence on the U.S. political process will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill to release two new explosive reports on Barack Obama’s ties with extreme anti-American elements, including agents of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA. The reports will shed important new light on Barack Obama’s mysterious past.

    May 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Excuse me...but isn't that what our policy is already based upon–pressuring the Cuban government to increase freedom/liberty of it's citizens?

    Just how do you expect to carry it out? Libertad–is not a sequence of events, nor a strategy within any textbook of diplomacy–Oh I get it...we're supposed to get hyped over the catch phrase–and just "hope" you've got the right stuff to carry it out.

    Or are you just afraid to comment that your NEW policy is really just the same as every single President since JFK?

    May 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Julio Gomez, Miami

    Obama says he is going to sit down with Raul Castro--this will only happen over our dead bodies-

    He can sell America out to Ahmadinejab and the Iranians but we will not stand for appeasing Castro.

    McCain 08'

    May 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Bulcha

    Hi Obama, Your plan for cuba is heart warming. What about Ethiopia?

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. RB

    Thank goodness we have some real "straight talk" for once! Some Cubans have not seen a full generation of their relatives!! The Bush/McCain policy will only make it two generations. Why should they care. Their families are right here in the US.

    Cuban Americans, put your differences aside and go see your families!

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Lift the embargo.

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Swe

    Obama talks like Bush. Obama is Liberal Bush!

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. kiki

    Obama is not electable. He will be trashed by the Republicans as a far left liberal, inmature and inexperienced.

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    Obama is no friend of Cuban-Americans. If he was he would demand that Florida votes be counted. Actions speak louder than words. Obama is a humiliation for the dems and I will not vote for him. I will vote for Hillary no matter what. If the DNC is boneheaded enough to nominate Obama, I will write Hillary Clinton's name or vote John McCain, depending on how McCain lays out his policies.

    May 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Liz

    McBush has got to be peeing himself about now. Maybe one of these days he'll learn that everytime he tries to attach Obama he ends up looking like a doddering old fool.

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. SLO Bear

    Superdelegates, please eliminate the Clinton selfish static, so people can hear Obama loud and clear.

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter

    I think it's time to have conversations with those we don't like, those whose policies contravene our own... the biggest mistake of the past 8 years is the sword-rattling, angry name-calling of Dubbya's administration. McBush's idea of diplomacy is more of the same.

    We can change how America behaves in the world and change how the world views our country. It's time.

    Yes, We Can.

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. David, (Miami)


    The US policy with respect to CUBA is and will CONTINUE to be a FAILURE unless we elect the like of OBAMA.

    NOW is the time for BOLD LEADERSHIP! Simply voting for more of the same will only result in the SAME results.

    Both Clinton and McCain = More of the same crap that DOES NOT WORK!

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. frank

    McCain and the republicans need to understand what precondition means. It means we wont set certain stipulations before we talk to them but have demands once we come to the table for discussions. It also doesnt meant giving them everything they want.

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Hillary for President

    Obama you are all speech!!! nothing in sostance, go buy someonealse .You meke me sick!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    So we're going to loosen restrictions on Cuba and begin open and unfiltered talks with the likes of Iran and other rogue nations directly with the President any time these guys want to talk? I agree that we need to talk to our enemies, but we need a president who understands that he or she can't be used as a pawn to show the people of iran, for example, that everytime they want to talk the U.S. president will be on the next flight over. Sen. Obama's foreign policy seems confused to me and McCain seems like more of the same. This is change we don't need.

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. obama - supporter - arkansas

    i seen the speach and the people responded very favorable of him. he will be fine
    god bless arerica

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. silence do good

    Empty pandering. I wondered how you were going to handle meeting with horrible oppressive leaders and then face their people. Now I understand – pander to people first THEN meet with the oppressor.

    It is so strange that he can sound so good and never say anything that sounds like a plan. How will you get freedom for the people? Exactly? Do you think all the oppressive leaders will just say "Oh OK dude" after you dis'd them to their people?

    Empty preppy suit.

    May 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. vic nashville,Tn

    Aha so Obama gave up Blue collars voters
    Mc Cain 08

    May 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Objective Mike from Illinois

    It will be fun to see how some biased people will start spinning this. e.g. You see, he didn't actually mean "Libertad", he meant "Reverend Wrightertad", or "Libertad is a muslim word!!! Oh my God!

    May 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Winkzilla, Tucson

    Obama has shown an understanding of the Hispanic issues that has gone unnoticed. During the debates, he was the only one that referred to the neglect of Central and South America and the rising threats from people like Chavez. He was also the only one that addressed bilingual education. I live in the Southwest. I was astonished to hear the support for Clinton at the beginning. Now I only hear about prayers given for Obama’s safety and success. Libertad and individual identity are issues this man appears to understand.

    May 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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