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Charlie Crist on Foreign Policy

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Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years

Crist announced his support for lifting the US trade embargo against Cuba, a policy shift that shows how far the former Republican has moved since switching parties. "The embargo has done nothing in more than 50 years to change the regime in Cuba," Crist said. "If we want to bring democracy to Cuba, we need to encourage American values & investment there."

When asked about the influential Cuban bloc of voters, most of whom oppose restoring normalcy with Cuba, Crist denounced the trade embargo as an ineffective relic. "I don't think it worked," Crist said. "We need to move forward and get the embargo taken away."

Crist said lifting the embargo would be a boon for his state. "A lot of construction would be required, and South Florida could be the launching pad for all of that," he said.

Crist's statements are a complete reversal of his previous position. In 2010, Crist said he not only opposed removing the trade embargo, but he also was against loosening travel restrictions to Cuba.

Source: PoliticalTicker.com on 2014 Florida governor's race , Feb 8, 2014

Find a way to work with our international allies

In [Sarah Palin's] speeches and in the few interviews that I heard her give, she emphasized a worldview that to me sounded almost paranoid. It wasn't just different from what the Democrats and Barack Obama were saying. It was nowhere close to the way that John McCain--or I--saw the world.

Let me speak for myself here: I wanted to protect the environment. She wanted to "drill, baby, drill."

I wanted to find a way to work with our international allies. She was more go-it-alone in the world.

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p.135 , Feb 4, 2014

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