Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rubio: Obama quietly seeking Cuba changes - Ben Smith, Politico

January 11, 2011

Rubio: Obama quietly seeking Cuba changes

In a Spanish-language interview with WAQI, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Obama administration was quietly talking to some on the Hill about lifting some of the economic and travel restrictions on Cuba.

But the feelers won't go anywhere, Rubio said, because he and other like-minded senators and House members will educate their colleagues on the political reality in Cuba, including telling them about political prisoners like American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for more than a year.
A lot of elected officials don't know about the political reality in Cuba, Rubio said, not because they're Communists but because they come from states where the issue isn't discussed -- or where agricultural interests persuade them to let them sell their goods on the island.
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