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. Ardnuas

    This is WHY you are the BEST..... you think outside of the box.... you have 21st century mentality instead of 20th century mentality.
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Larry Buchas

    I see the same nut jobs showing up on this board.

    Barack is the right man for the right job. As for inexperience, look up Abraham Lincoln's biography. It's time to change Washington. It's time for America to wake up. It's time for Barack Obama!

    May 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. R

    I cant believe that cubans are going against loosening diplomatic relations with Cuba! If you have watched what has happened to Cuba because of the embargo and cold relations, you would realized that ignoring a government does not make it go away

    May 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Right On Obama!

    I love this attitude of "love thy neighbour" instead of hate, mistrust and impose economic sanctions on thy neighbour. What's good for "The Americas" (their ordinary people) is good for not only North America but for the world.

    People have to start loving each other again and put away their hate.

    May 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Oga Mazi from Sacramento, California

    Go OBAMA! Go OBAMA!! Go OBAMA!!! The truth is always bitter. Guide us to the promised land. God bless YOU.

    May 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Tara in Sarasota

    Obama – another FLIP FLOPPER like Kerry.

    May 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. D Montoya, El Paso, TX

    Its about time. I never understood how we can have normalized relations with Vietnam (a country that killed 50,000 of our brothers) but we cant have that with Cuba.

    May 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Chris. S

    libertad means "freedom" in spanish for your information

    May 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. California Girl

    Senator Obama pandering to the Cuban-Americans in Miami. Cuban-Americans are too smart for one of his TYPICAL speech.

    Hillary Clinton 08

    May 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Ovitshio Branco from New Mexico

    New News Latest polls suggest that Clinton is picking up support from John McCain's base which is the following:
    White Americans that hate people of color.
    White Christians that hate people that do not look like them.
    White Americans that have very little education.
    White Americans who do not care about their own personal economic condition.
    White Americans that want to see there sons die in an un-justifiable war.
    White Women who hate man still seams to be Hillary Clintons's primary support.
    So what Hillary is saying IS, if you are WHITE TRASH then I am your girl. If I was WHITE I would not even want to be seen with her.

    May 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Nava-Canada

    For the last 50 years America adopted the same policy of comply and complain towards Cuba. What Cuba, latin america and the Arabs do not like is the tone of the American leaders. They never offered any compromising solutions to the problems but threats and sanctions.
    Look at the middle east, The Palestinians are still suffering after 60 years of conflict with the Israelis and US did nothing to solve it but pumped billions of dollars into Israel to continue the onslaught on
    the helpless people .
    Senator Obama has the right approach and policy of talk it out will yeild good results and bring back the respect that America deserves. New approach, regime change in Washington & shrewd diplomacy are the requisites for a better America

    May 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Carter

    If you would vote for McCain you never supported what Clinton stands for. Conservative ideals have never contributed anything to this country. Obama or Clinton, either would be far better for this country and the world than any GOP. Talking to anyone would not hurt.

    May 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Yolanda Diaz

    Obama no Clinton si

    May 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Ovitshio Branco from New Mexico

    There is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."
    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) on CNN, here are some conclusions:
    1.Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.

    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.

    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues

    4. All of the lies and disinformaiton about Barack is going up in smoke as past political propaganda. We are now witniessing history unfolding before our very eyes, as the nations' first Democratically elected black man gets voted into the highest position of authority in the country. I can honestly say that I am proud to be an American again. Thank you Barack, for being a true leader.

    May 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Political Pharaoh

    Why is it that America's political debate tends to veer towards Cuba each election cycle? All AMERICANS...Why don't we put a measure to cede Southern Florida to the 'Patriotic Cubans' who consistantly cloud OUR politcal process with THEIR countries problems. That way, we could have a debate about OUR issues!!

    Viva Obama

    May 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Bryan B

    Holy Crap! He is already trying to get us nuked!!!!! Amateur. If he gets elected, we are screwed!!!

    May 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. mj - florida

    Obama never said he was against pre-conditions. What he has been saying is that to live in this world together we shouldn’t only talk to people who like us or agree with us. Sometimes we must have conversations with people / groups who completely disagree with us. I don’t know if you noticed, but ignoring them has not made them disappear.

    Talking does not mean giving in. I know this may be hard to believe, but we are not all right and they are not all wrong. It is that us vs them, narrow minded elitist attitude that makes us weak on the global stage.

    May 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Gringo

    Gotta hand it to Mr. empty Suit. He didn't waste any time starting to pander to demographic blocs that have no use for him AND that he has no use for, except votes.. He's now Rednecks bestest new friend, Hispanics bestest new friend and Cubans bestest new friend.

    I think I'm gonna puke !!!!

    May 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Bill

    Why is Obama flip-flopping on everything? Obama will say anything do anything to get votes.

    Obama, there is no other word for it = flip flop

    May 23, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. J COTTO

    Obama sure knows hispanics hey!! Not!! Cuba libre si, Obama no!

    May 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. yns

    More air coming from Oblah-blah-blah. Anything to try and get the vote from the people in Florida!

    Hillary 2008

    May 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. H


    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Tony, Miami

    WHAT ABOUT MY VOTE? I didn't vote because the Head of the Florida democratic committee said it will equal to zero. Now are you telling me they should count the votes? what about mine and so many other Floridians? For the votes to be valid they should do another primary in Florida or obey by the rules no vote will be counted.

    If the cubans people here in Florida would like the same old politic in place since 50 years ago, this is their problem but contrary at what those people think Florida is not for the Cubans. The Cubans are only part of a vast community.


    May 23, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Bob, West Palm Beach

    Does the Cuban community really think that the republicans are on their
    side? At least Senator Obama seems sincere in his efforts. What
    gets me is how some groups will vote for the very government that will
    work against their own interests in order to look worthy. People,
    voting for the republicans will always be just like chickens voting for
    Colonel Sanders.

    May 23, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Dal CA

    For the sake of the Cubans in Florida we need the Cuba to come to the table with clear cut goals of freedom for those in Jails because they believed in freedom.

    May 23, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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