"Lifting the [#Cuba] #Embargo doesn't set back freedom; it advances freedom," says Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail at Florida International University in Miami this week.
Miami may be a dangerous place politically to make such a statement, Rubio's home ground, where many Cuban exiles and their families stand by the long-entrenched hard line against any connection between the U.S. and Cuba. But FIU is the place to make such speeches. We of Cuba Libre Today were at FIU when Yoani Sanchez, famous dissident blogger and Havana, Cuba resident, spoke there, to not-too-much criticism from the Cuba exile community.
Anticipating Clinton's promotion of eliminating the blockade, Rubio said, "President Obama and Secretary Clinton must learn that appeasement only emboldens dictators and repressive governments and weakens America's global standing in the 21st century."
The quotes and the rest of the story come from Bill Barrow's Associated Press (#AP) article, "
In swing state Florida, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo’s end," printed on August 1, 2015.
"MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with her main Republican rivals in Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962.
Photo from PBS version of the AP article, which gives credit and states as follows: "Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a speech on Cuban relations at Florida International University in Miami on July 31, 2015. Clinton on Friday called for the U.S. Congress to end the U.S. economic embargo in Cuba and said she would make it easier for Americans to travel to the Communist-led island if she were president. Photo by Joe Skipper/Reuters."