In Florida, Cuban coffee meets tea party politics
September 11th, 2011
05:42 PM ET
11 years ago

In Florida, Cuban coffee meets tea party politics

Miami (CNN) - For politicians seeking public office, a stop at the iconic Cafe Versailles is a must.

This Little Havana institution has become a symbol of the strength of the Hispanic vote. Here, Cuban exiles have turned their conservative stance against the Castro regime into a political force to be reckoned with in U.S. politics.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

People in Miami order coffee at Cafe Versailles, an institution that has come to represent the importance of the Hispanic vote.

Filed under: 2012 • Cuba • Florida
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. B

    Get ready for the most mindless among us.. Check your weapons at the entrance please –

    September 11, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would hope that these Cubans are not opposed to immigration reform. They owe their existence to the American government, so why are they conservative? Like Marco Rubio, they may not be very bright.

    September 11, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I hope that more of these Latino groups and Hispanic voters can see what the Tea Party offers them basically NOTHING. Sure they'll take their money and their votes, may even use one or two as a front person to get more votes, but the Tea Party has basically made it clear that their interest do NOT lie in supporting minority groups and their needs. It's like the Log Cabin Republicans who insist on supporting the GOP even though the Republicans have very little use for gays. Marco Rubio may be trying to distance himself from the party now, but once he sold his soul to that devil he may not be able to do that. They'll kick him to the curb like the GOP did Mike Steele and will do to Herman Cain and Allen West as well if they go against them.

    September 11, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Belinda

    Rick perry is like Jimmy Swaggart, Ken Lay, Tom Delay and Abramoff all rolled into one . Florida will once again steal the election. Florida is a state i would never want to visit. Hispanics are destroying their own people, to make a point about Cuba. Foolish people don't understand they are being used and thrown away by Tea party politics, but they will realize what they have done, when it's too late.

    September 11, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Mike

    CNN should make a correction about the statement "This Little Havana institution has become a symbol of the strength of the Hispanic vote"; CNN commentator possibly meant 'the Cuban's vote and not the hispanic vote of South Florida hispanic voters. South Florida, Miami....and other lesser known cities, from Miami Lakes to Weston, are not represented by Cubans, but Colombians, Venezuelan, Nicaraguans, and the entire spectrum of Latin Americans not of Cuban extraction living in Florida. Please correct your gaffe.....most Cubans are Republicans, most non-Cubans are the grace of our God..!

    September 11, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Minnie's Pearls

    For the GOP, the only time Hispanics are US citizens is when it's voting time. Even those Hispanics that were born here and can trace their roots back to the Gadsden Purchase. You know, those original anchor babies of the 1850s. Sneaky, little diablos. Otherwise, they're just illegals taking good jobs away from red-blooded Americans because everybody knows, all Americans wanted to be gardeners, maids, nannies and janitors growing up.

    September 11, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. carrotroot

    That place has the best Cuban sandwiches in Tampa, and they are cheap too!

    September 12, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |