Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hillary and Cuba

The day before the Florida primary, Hillary Clinton published this op-ed in Spanish (I couldn't find an English, though maybe there is one as well). She first praises President Obama for his trip to Cuba and how it can address human rights:

El viaje del presidente Obama a Cuba este mes marca el último paso dentro del ya debatido proceso sobre cómo llegar a ese objetivo común. Estoy convencida de que esta visita será un paso importante dentro de los esfuerzos de la administración del Presidente. Esta visita será una oportunidad única para hablar sobre derechos humanos y libertades fundamentales en Cuba –ya sea hablando con el gobierno cubano o con miembros de la sociedad civil– y así poder fomentar los lazos que producirán el progreso.

Read more here:

Very smartly, she acknowledges the difficult history as well:

Entiendo por qué este debate ha sido tan difícil de sostener, especialmente en el Sur de la Florida. Para los cubanoamericanos es algo personal. Y todos hemos visto las tragedias de los niños del éxodo Peter Pan, las familias del Mariel y los hijos que no han podido decirles adiós a sus padres. Todos hemos sido testigos de la represión antidemocrática del gobierno cubano, la encarcelación de los disidentes y la represión a la libertad de expresión. Debemos mantener una especial atención al régimen de los Castro.

Read more here:

Now the president has announced further easing of restrictions. Going to a baseball game is a cultural event and therefore justification for a visit to Cuba! That's a winning policy too.

In all, this is just a reminder that Cuban American voters in Florida have changed. It's a gradual shift that has become increasingly apparent in the last two presidential elections. The Elián González days are long over.


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