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. Juliemn

    fair election? this from a candidate that has used every dirty trick in the book to get where he is , has the audacity! to talk about freedom and fair elections, free press? he means bought press! Obama will have things HIS WAY, he cares no more for the cubans as he does for Americans, CNN have easily been bought and we now only recieve from them(cnn) what Obama dictates, cnn,msnbc nbc, now unreliable news sources, is this America?

    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    well said President Obama

    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Alex

    You know what "LIBERTAD" HE is referring to, don't you? The one that's offerred thru the "LIBERATION THEOLOGY" (REV. WRIGHT'S TEACHINGS) BEWARE PEOPLE, BE VERY AWARE.



    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Go with the Best

    I am so sick of this pandering phony.

    He re-invents himself every day.

    He is trying to be all things to all people- and will end up with the support of none.

    Give us Hillary Clinton.

    She is the BEST of the three options.

    May 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    or a moment, I'll try to put myself into the shoes of a typical CNN-Political Ticker blogging Clinton supporter (and I make that distinction because I don't think all Clinton supporters are like this). Here goes:

    "EVIL! How dare he do this! How dare he talk about Cuba to Cuban-Americans who know more about Cuba than he does! He is so arrogant and uppity! He even looks arrogant in that picture! Doesn't he know he's supposed to be hanging out with Rev. Wright or doing Hillary's laundry or cleaning the streets of inner-city Chicago?!"

    I couldn't bring myself to purposely make spelling and grammatical errors. But wow, I still feel like my IQ must have dropped by 150 points, just by typing that.

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. citizen


    positive change through visionary diplomacy?

    In our own hemisphere?.......

    So there is an alternative to economic sanctions that only harm the innocent, or bombing?

    A way for people to endure social or governmental change without being starved by foreign governments or killed by foreign soldiers?

    I like this new way of thinking!

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    I watch this particular speech and it was interesting. But the comments Sen. McCain said about "normalization" of the cuban regimes was absurd. Obama said he would simply arrange to talk with Raul Castro not jump in bed with him. McCain has distort the the speech into his on comprehension. I think Sen. McCain needs his hearing checked again. I honestly didn't hear Obama say he would nomalize Cuban. He just said that he would make it possible for Cuban families to visit one another and send money to love ones. He also mention to stand up for Cuban political prisoners. That's a lot to be said. Bush never done it. Most likely McCain won't do it either. What are Bush/McCain afraid of?

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I've been to Cuba. Wonderful country. People are really cool (much like us Jamiacans) but they're suffering under that communist regime. Time for some diplomatic talks to free politcal prisoners and get some of you US southerns down there to see how great it is there.

    Unlike McCain who would lock himself in the White House and not play with anybody.

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Chula

    Obama will SAY and DO whatever he thinks will get your vote!

    Once he gets your vote.... you become a distant memory

    Obama has shown us that he cannot be trusted and that he supports people that believe in racism and hatred towards America.

    I cannot in good conscience support a candidate who sat in church for 20 years and applauded and funded the lunatic rantings of a racist pastor.

    NO OBAMA 08

    May 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Floundering

    I don't even find him cute anymore.

    Without his prepared speeches this man flounders on the stump worse than Bush. He can not THINK on his feet. He needs the power of a speech to cover up his obvious policy flaws.

    But still he remains just as cocky and arrogant as ever.

    Wake up America.

    Go with Hillary Clinton before it is too late.

    May 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Matt from Albany, NY

    We must get back to strong diplomacy that once drove our country to the strongest in the world. Why would we not speak to leaders around the world??? 80% of the people in the country agree that we are heading down the wrong path as a nation.

    America has an enormous population of Latin and Southern Americans. These are our brothers, our neighbors, and our allies... yet bush continues to break all ties with the world as our economy plummets.

    Well..... Bush and McCain are the same type of people that make decisions based on stupidity and anger and lack of FACTUAL intelligence. If we had more allies and less enemies, our economy our forgein standing with the dollar, our trade...... ect..... would all get resolved.

    Open diplomacy, by a courageous candidate from Illinois. That is what will get my vote this year.

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

    I cannot comprehend why Cuban Americans would want to suport politicians, for example John McCain who wants to maintain a policy that doesn't help the average Cuban people in Cuba. This is a nation that poses no threat whatsoever to the U.S and the embargo only hurts average people. Look how many US Presidents Fiedel Castro outlast, an indication that the current US policy needs changing. I see the backing of John McCain by Cuban Americans as betrayal of your fellow brethren in Cuba. Election 2008 offers some hope by electing Obama thus putting an end to the politics of fear and islationism propagated very well by Republicans.

    May 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. P.Y. LA

    Does He know what He is toking about ??
    The impression from this bumbling was that we will keep the embargo
    But... send Cubans back to Cuba.
    P.S. and what about " Rashid Khalidi" ??
    Why media did not ask BO about This FRIEND ???

    May 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. No to socialism

    I want to vote for a democrat... not the socialist the DNC is trying to force on the country.

    May 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Fool

    This guy is a fool.

    He doesn't make any sense. He changes his opinions on a daily basis to suit his audience.

    We see through the hype.

    May 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Lost cause

    Sorry Obama... it is a lost cause.

    You can not win with barely 50% of the DEMS behind you.

    The other 50% along with independents and Republicans will vote AGAINST you.

    So much for hype, and cheating, and manipulations.

    May 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Kuilor2k

    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."

    So does this mean what's good for Hugo Chavez is good for the U.S.?

    I think the intern needs to go back to Illinois and get some more experience before playing in the big sand lot with the kids that will kick his wimpy butt.

    May 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Eric

    Barack PLEASE! I swear is this guy making up his platform as he goes along or what? He has a day to day strategy on winning the White House.


    May 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. forced candidates will fail

    For the first time in 35 years, I will get great pleasure in watching the democratic nominee lose the GE.

    This man is a puppet of the DNC.

    The true leader and winner is Hillary Clinton. She was sabotaged by her party and trashed by the media.

    Still she retains a solid base of support.

    You can not FORCE the people to vote your way.

    May 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. B / NYC

    Yet another false promise...

    So far Barrack Hussein Obama has really promised a lot to us all but can anyone name just five things that he has actually done for his own state or our country in the short time he has been in public office?

    Two things?

    Thought so... Great speaker but NO real experience...

    May 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Daniel

    I absolutely agree with Senator Obama. For almost 50 years we've had the same policy towards Cuba and it hasn't achieved anything. Rather the inocent people of Cuba are the ones who have really suffered. It's time for a new President who understands that we need to try a new approach. That is why you have my vote. OBAMA 08.

    Daniel, Denver

    May 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Zero support by NOV

    The deck of race-cards must have more than its fair share of jokers.

    Every day, Obama reveals another one of his joker sides.

    By the time Nov rolls around, no one will vote for him.

    May 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Kuilor2k

    How about "What's good for the FARC is good for the US?"
    "What's good for the next super elftist guerilla group is good for the U.S."
    I like this one.
    "What's good for Obama is good for the U.S." because he thinks he can get away with cuddling up with any extremist nut-job and they wont take advantage of him.

    The intern has no idea how to run a country, he needs to get a billion times more experience before trying to be POTUS!

    May 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Amber

    Oh good lord. We'll be attacked on U.S. soil by one of Obama's crazy, communist leader friends from enemy territories.

    This man is a fruitloop. Lets take care of US before we take care of any other country...okay Baracky!?

    May 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. George from Minneapolis

    McCain is just spewing the same drivel regarding Cuba that has not worked for 50 years.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That is what McCain is offering, more insane ineffective foreign policy.

    I hope Americans are smart enough to see that Obama is trying to lead the country in a new direction, an obviously better one.

    May 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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