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. No JFK

    Ignorance is bliss.

    That must explain the reason people still adore and support this nightmare candidate.

    No to Socialism.

    Yes to democracy.

    No to vote tampering.

    Yes to the people's right to vote.

    WRITE IN Hillary Clinton for a Nov. win.

    May 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Kuilor2k

    Hey where is Gabby Johnson from Blazing Saddles!

    "The Sherrif is a...." BONG goes the church bell.


    May 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Cubama

    Good, I hope Barack can influence the Cuban government to give the people more freedom. We should not have regular relations with Cuba until the people are free. It's a shame, this country is great, and to be so close, but so far is ashame.

    May 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Maritza

    And he's done what for the Cuban / Hispanic community? what has he put into action even worked on? NOTHING like most of his accomplishments or lack of, Obama'a talk is like most of his recycled speeches of broken record Hope .. Change.. " I won't stand for injustice "?? how is he going to prevent and punish injustice , no , no that's too hard to think about , let's just tell em what they wanna hear".. "Si Se Puede" ... don't think so phoney " No you can't".


    May 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. JC

    Now ladies and gentlemen that's the way you want your president to talk. Clear, powerful and a vision for the future for America and Central America. Vote Obama.

    May 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. no resume

    I guess no resume and no platform works just fine as long as the DNC fixes the primary in your favor.

    Obama proves that fools never quit.

    What has Obama done for his country?

    Please, will one Obama supporter answer that?

    May 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. FRANK



    CLINTON 2008



    NO OBAMA!!

    May 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Hillary or Macain

    What a moran how they heck will he be doing that?
    PANDERING.....Tell me more about Sinclair?????

    May 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. NickNas

    WOW it only took 40 years to get a President to see that the Sanctions weren't working and MAYBE just MAYBE by WORKING for a living we might get things DONE!!!

    Enough of the BS in Cuba ...

    I want LEGAL Cigars and LEGAL Rum ok??

    The rich don't care because they can enjoy it but th common US citizen wants some too! Talk about a GREAT place to Vacation that isn't 2000 miles away too!!

    May 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Terri

    Well don't attempt talk just deal with Cuba the way that we have been I see that is working out very well. God Forbid if you try someting different. We are the bigger stronger country do as we say little country.

    May 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Beckie Sue in Montana

    That's interesting. I'm more concerned with why Hillary would make the awful comments that she made earlier today. Every site is talking about it except for CNN.

    May 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Sam, Florida

    Right! If it's good for the drug cartels and for Chavez it's good for the USA. Right!

    May 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Justin

    Obama thinks Brazilians speak Spanish.

    He is clueless.

    I believe the Mayans are right about 2012 and Obama is the catalyst.

    May 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Peter in PA

    Screw Cuban American votes! I think Barack should concentrate on other states. Cubans will never vote for a black guy. They are close to bigots in VW and KY.

    May 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. WOW - amazing!

    Amazing that the folks from Camp Obama still are in koolaide induced funk.....and the rest of the people are waking up!!!!!!!!!

    Email your super-delegates and your democratic representatives – House and Senate – tell them if they support Obama you will not support them come next election.

    Mr. Obama was no where to be found until now???? A bit two faced – and that must be his transparent form of politics!!!!!!!!! Two faced does not work in negotiations though – and he will end up getting us all killed.

    No to Obama – Yes to Clinton!!!! Keep strong Florida and Michigan, Clinton is fighting for you – Obama is NOT!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Moderates unite

    Darth are the biggest moron on the planet!

    It is wack job extremists like you who are dragging this country into ruin.

    Just go back into Starbucks and sip on your latte' and sing kumbaya

    Let the people occupy the political middle ground figure out how to run this country

    May 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Crush Rush

    Praetorian,are you going to Rushs cookout there in Florida and slobber over each other about how his mindless morons believe every word out of his mouth?We do business with the greatest threat to man everyday,namely China.I dont see you worry about them though.

    May 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Mike NYC

    Only in america has our politicians created so much fear and hate over a small harmless country like cuba that we continue to think the best course of action is more hate and fear.

    Why is it that our respected neighbor to the north Canada who has a very similar culture, and economic political environment as us are free to travel and trade with Cuba and enjoy all the country has to offer. Yet we continue to close our doors and refuse to talk similar to how a teenager would react to their parents when they get disciplined.

    We are getting no where with this path and policy of the past it is shameful that the current government and those who have led it do not adopt to a more current worldy veiw of the world.

    Cuba has a lot of potential and we have a huge number of citizens living here its a shame most americans think that they should just be ignored. Havent we grown up yet we still act like spoiled children here.....

    May 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I think Obama might just be the best president that we will ever have.

    Man of wisdom.

    Obama 08-16

    May 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. White Grandma for Obama

    I heard most of Obama's speech to Cuban Americans. He called for the right of Cubans here in the US to visit their family in Cuba and send money to family members. Meanwhile, he plans to sit with Raul Castro to present demands for human rights.

    The U.S. has had tense relations with Cuba for fifty years. What we've done so far simply has not worked. Don't you think it's time to try a new approach? Or would you prefer another fifty years?

    Hey, maybe we should just invade Cuba. No, they already tried that. Bay of Pigs. Failed miserably. Never mind.

    May 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Linda in Va

    I guess it will be hit and miss for the next 4 years. Our country is doomed no matter, we have a very old man with 5 episodes of cancer, we have a young one with no experience to be making calls and the media at CNN makes judgement calls on Hillary and has doomed her along with Oprah who has financed Obama big time.

    I'm unemployed for the longest period of time in my life. I'm a single parent and don't want my kid to be homeless. I'll be a statistic in the forclosure crisis with a nice fixed rate of 5.5. And the whole country is at stand still because of gas prices.

    May 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Joan


    Its about time.

    Nice to see all you Republicans pretendings to be Democrats on other blogs now showing your true identities. SHAME ON YOU ALL !!!

    May 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Mark

    Sorry Ladies and Gentlemen, the time for War is Over, its time to sit down and realize the US is but a piece of the puzzle...and that the ENTIRE world must come together and work together to gain a greater tommorrow...

    We must realize there is more to this world that just us..._Americans...

    and realize that the entire world is watching...

    Barack Obama realizes this, as do most of us level headed people....

    The time is NOW....

    we must strive for a better future that does not come from the end of a gun....or gernade.... the true key...

    May 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Soy Latina.

    Mi voto es por Obama.

    Viva Obama 08!!!

    May 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. DraftAlGore

    we are real sick of the parsing of everything that senator clinton says. the obama camp claims they have a new politics but that is not true as we can tell by the fact that they lobbied to prevent the florida delegation from being seated because its hillary's delegation. today they are picking on her words and they are trying to force her out of the campaign. this is the oldest and most reprehensible sort of politics. i have been encouraging people here in florida to support the nominee but i will have great difficulty supporting obama. he is a liar and many of the internet items are correct. i read his two books and he does not impress me. michelle obama has a lot of fence mending to do. STOP PICKING ON SENATOR CLINTON. I hope she stays in the race to the end. I hope there is a floor fight and we have more than one ballot and she will win. In the past the only objection i had to senator obama is that i don't think he can win. well now i don't like him and will have to hold my nose when i vote. HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT. I was an Al Gore supporter because i believed that these two are enelectable and they seem to be proving it every day. OBAMA IS A FAKE....he will have let down all the black people. And if they destroy the party so be it. We are sick of the racism and sexism and ageism in this campaign.

    May 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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