Saturday, July 26, 2008

After Bush: A new Cuba policy?

After Bush: A new Cuba policy?

By Matthew Clark Wed Jul 23, 5:00 AM ET

What changes might a new US administration make to its Cuba policy?

Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona supports keeping the tight travel
restrictions and limits on remittances that President Bush added to the
US trade embargo with Cuba. He said in May that to soften the
restrictions "would send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators."
His stance resonates with the traditionally conservative positions of
the Cuban-American community in and around Miami – a key voting bloc in
an important swing state that usually votes Republican.

But Cuban-American attorney and embargo law expert Pedro Freyre says
that a younger generation of Cuban-Americans is far less dogmatic than
their elders. This generation doesn't remember fleeing their homeland
during Castro's revolution.

Mr. Freyre points out that Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D) of
Illinois got a standing ovation at the Cuban-American National
Foundation when he proposed lifting sanctions on Cuban family
remittances and visits to the island. "Obama is making significant
inroads," he says. "The dynamics are changing very rapidly."

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