June 10th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
14 years ago

In radio ad, McCain jabs Obama on Cuba talks


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(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign is running a Spanish-language radio ad in Florida aimed at Cuban-American voters.

The 60-second spot, titled "Cuba prisoners," is narrated by Roberto Martin-Perez, a former political prisoner in Cuba who now lives in Miami and serves as the spokesperson for the Association of Cuban Political Prisoners.

In the ad, Martin-Perez calls Raul Castro a dictator "just like his brother" Fidel, who will continue to suppress human rights and freedom of speech on the island.

The spot jabs Barack Obama for his pledge to meet with leaders of hostile countries like Cuba.

"Instead of talking to Raul Castro, John McCain insists that all political prisoners be freed," Martin-Perez says, adding that McCain supports the men and women who "fight for Cuba’s freedom."

"As a former prisoner in Vietnam who saw many cruelties," the narrator says, "John McCain knows that Cuba will not be freed with concessions to the dictatorship."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Louis

    If I am not mistaken, our history is filled with Presidents who have successfully met with the leaders of countries who oppose us. Anyone who equates this with diplomatic appeasement is an idiot. Making unilateral concessions is appeasement–Obama has NEVER suggested such an action. Neo-cons who yell "appeasement" every time Obama mentions a dialogue with foreign leaders are playing the fear card, the same way they duped you into the Iraq war.

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Hannah

    Can someone–anyone please explain to me why John McCain is regarded as a moral man and a war hero?

    He tried to commit suicide TWICE as a POW. Isn't that a cardinal sin? Don't the right-winged Christians take issue with that? Do they even know that?

    I have vets in my family and I know that being a prisoner can be unbearable, but I still do not understand how suicide could be an option.

    Look at what the slaves endured! Look at female genital mutilation, the rape of women, the starvation that other countries have endured for centuries! Oh, there is far worse out there than being a POW.

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. It's About America Stupid!

    Can we for once discuss what is going on HERE v. THERE McPuppet or do you not have a clue?

    June 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. patrick

    To Sabrina, not ALL of the bloggers on the board are straight Obama supporters. Some of us are independants as well as republicans, and more. Perhaps that should tell you something based off the comments on this board.
    Mccain has clearly demonstrated that he has NO intentions of putting the US back into example leading status based off of his foreign policy issues. He beleives in WAR and taking NO prisoners.

    We have come way too far as a country to still be resorting to backyard politics such as Mccain.

    June 10, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Breaker

    Republicans are scared to death. They have no solutions and just causing waves. They are seeing the writing on the wall.

    The old american ways are dead – a new america is born.

    Some of them are posting as former Hillary supporters.

    Don't believe them for a minute.

    June 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Babble... but nothing to say. McCain=Bush. This guy is scary.

    June 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |

    Enlightened Voter June 10th, 2008 4:40 pm ET

    Yeah john mcwar, let's do stuff the same old way we've been doing it. Why change? As a matter of fact let's invade cuba after we're done with Iran…republicans make me nauseous

    I like that name McWar, that's a good one, very fitting!

    June 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Gary

    John McCain should have stayed in the military. He would have made an excellent general officer. As a politician and statesman, he has no clue. It is because of people like him that our country is being rapidly handed over to corporations and other special interests.

    Obama '08 – to return America to Americans!

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Tony, Miami

    "Instead of talking to Raul Castro, John McCain insists that all political prisoners be freed" By insisting or telling does he think it's going to happen. What a jocker!

    June 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Remy

    Peace needs DIRECT TALKS.
    WAR needs no talks.

    I really wonder how this old man can run any office and promote a peaceful world.

    June 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. MP-pennsylvania

    Hey we ask other countries to negotiate with their enemies, and we don't want to do it. No wonder rest of the world hate us americans

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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