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Marco Rubio on Free Trade

 


Trade with Cuba won't translate into political freedom

Pres. Obama's surprising move toward normalizing relations with Cuba immediately came under challenge. Many leading Republicans denounced the president as feckless, overreaching and naive in his negotiations with the government of Pres. Raul Castro, the brother of longtime leader Fidel Castro.

"This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), whose parents emigrated from Cuba in the 1950s. "All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate itself in power."

The bulk of the criticism suggested that the conservative base remains firmly committed to keeping Cuban relations in the deep freeze where they have been for half a century. That position is increasingly at odds with the view of the electorate at large.

Source: Portland Press Herald, "Obama's Decision on Cuba" , Dec 18, 2014

Continue reducing barriers to free and fair trade

We must continue reducing barriers to free and fair trade. We should adopt the free trade agreements that have already been negotiated with Colombia, Panama, South Korea and other nations around the world. We should also insist that other countries reduce their own barriers to trade so that American goods can find new markets.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, marcorubio.com "Reclaim" , Aug 11, 2010

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