Photo: Freddy Balsera
In response to Romney Policy Director Lanhee Chen’s statement on the President’s policy on Cuba, Community Leader Freddy Balsera issued the following statement:
“This is yet another example of Mitt Romney’s campaign trying to score political points to distract from the fact that he has no policy ideas of his own to successfully confront the challenges of the future. The President believes that the promotion of democracy and human rights in Cuba is in the national interest of the United States and that, while maintaining the embargo, decreasing the dependency of the Cuban people on the Castro regime is a means to obtaining the widely-shared goal of a Cuba that respects the basic rights of all its citizens. It is clear that Gov. Romney and his advisors would rather bluster and score political points than say what kind of leader he would be in the world.”
President Obama’s Policies Have Decreased Cubans Dependency On The Castro Regime
- The President Is Committed To Supporting Policies That Advance The Cuban People’s Ability To Determine To Their Country’s Future And Lessen Their Dependence On The Cuban State.
- President Obama Changed Regulations On U.S.-Cuba Travel, To Enhance The Free Flow Of Information.
- Estimates Suggest 400,000 Americans Visited Cuba in 2011, Nearly 4 Times The Number Who Visited In 2008. “Economists and travel agents estimate that 400,000 passengers will fly to Cuba from the United States this year, nearly four times the number in 2008
- St. Petersburg (FL) Times: Obama Travel Changes Should “Foster Freedom On The Island In A Way The Failed 50 Year Old Embargo Has Not.”
- Tampa Tribune: President Obama’s Decision To Change Travel Rules Is “A Victory For Common Sense And Fairness.”
President Obama Has Renewed The Embargo And Continued To Call For A Cuba That Respects The Rights Of The Cuban People
- President Obama Has Repeatedly Renewed The U.S. Trade Embargo On Cuba.
- President Obama Said It Was Time For Cuba To Emerge From Its Authoritarian Regime.
- President Obama Has Been Clear About Steps The Cuban Government Must Take Before He Would Consider Lifting The Embargo.
- President Obama Made Clear That He Did Not Believe Reforms In Cuba Have Been “Aggressive Enough.”
- President Has Promised To Support The Liberty Of The Cuban People And Will Continue To Reach Out To Cuban People And Provide Humanitarian Assistance To Dissidents.