Thursday, January 24, 2008
The Candidate submitted the following statement to the Cuban American National Foundation in lieu of questionnaire.
John McCain supports the Cuban people’s quest to be free and the
We should increase support for the growing human rights, dissident, and civil society movement in
We should reject concessions to the Castro dictatorship until democracy is restored, and Cubans are allowed to elect their own leaders and choose their own destiny.
Remarks by John McCain on Cuban Independence Day
By Press Office
May 20, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery in Miami, Florida, today at 11:00 a.m. EDT:
So must it be for all Americans who cherish those freedoms we so often take for granted at home. For today is not a cause for celebration alone. Those inspired freedom fighters who secured
It is not a fruitless struggle, not by any means. One day,
Today, as so many of you know too well, the situation is very different. Fidel Castro has passed the titles of power to his brother in a fashion suited more for a personal fiefdom than to a government purporting to represent that proud and dynamic people. A few recent news articles have labeled as "reforms" the smattering of small changes that have taken place since Raul Castro has formally taken charge. Such characterizations must sound quite cynical to the political prisoners that fill Cuban jails, to the millions who suffer under poverty and repression, and to all those who wish to choose their leaders, not suffer under them. The Castro regime enforces strict limits against freedom of expression, of association, of assembly, of movement, of speech. Last year, as many as 5,000 citizens served sentences for the vague crime of "dangerousness."
Yet tyranny will not forever endure, and as President, I will not passively await the day when the Cuban people enjoy the blessings of freedom and democracy. It is in our national interest to support their aspirations and oppose those of the Castro regime, one that harbors fugitives from
Maintaining the embargo is, however, just one element of a broader approach my administration would make to the people of
As we work with our hemispheric partners, we must be clear about the kind of leadership
We have made progress toward this vision by expanding the benefits of free commerce, through NAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and our free trade agreements with
The Colombia FTA would benefit American workers and consumers – the U.S. International Trade Administration estimates that over $1 billion in tariffs have been imposed on
The strategic implications of rejecting this agreement are profound.
If I am elected president, the
My vision embodies the interests and the values of
Courageous men found their calling at the beginning of the last century in winning for