November 4th, 2008
06:19 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain claims Obama will be like Castro

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain robo-calls say Obama policies will be like his."]

NEW YORK (CNN) - John McCain's presidential campaign is making an 11th hour appeal to Cuban Americans in Florida with a robo-call that says Barack Obama would pursue "political policies like those of Cuba."

The automated Spanish-language telephone calls began late this afternoon into Cuban households, particularly in and around the southern part of the state, and quote a Reuters story that says former Cuban leader Fidel Castro prefers Obama win the presidency.

McCain and Obama are in a fierce battle for Florida's 27 electoral votes.

Translated script:

Urgent: I am calling on behalf of John McCain to tell you that today at 1:28 this afternoon the independent news organization of Reuters reported that the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, has given his support to Democrat Barack Obama for being smarter and more sophisticated than John McCain. Just like Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Evo Morales – the brothers of Castro prefer Barack Obama. Don't give Castro what he wants. Go vote right now for John McCain and avoid establishing in the United States political policies like those of Cuba. There are only a few hours left today to vote for John McCain. This call has been paid for by McCain/Palin 2008.

Listen: McCain's Spanish Election Day robo-call

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • John McCain
soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. c

    watching from Canada, wow! can't believe at the eleventh hour he does this, its the actions of a desperate man

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. wisdom11

    John McCain is really sick and desperate. He will say and do anything to get elected even at the expense of destroying himself. John McCain is hopeless and has lost his way.

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Chi4Obama

    Obama like Castro?

    I find that odd, because I've always considered Castro to be something of a Maverick....Kind of like "you know who" claims to be

    November 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. mere

    What a joke. McCain and Republicans will do and say anything to get full control again just like they had during the first 6 years of Bush.

    I guess John McCain and Sarah Palin forgot how to reach across political lines. Maybe Obama and Biden can given them some lessons.

    November 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. erika morgan


    November 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Chris from St. Louis

    Still can'tquit spreading hate despite defeat stiking in his face ...

    November 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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