Cuban Americans Courted by Ryan
In an attempt to boost voter support for the GOP ticket amongst Hispanic voters, Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate pledged last week to be a thorn in the side of both Chavez and Castro. That was in reference to Hugo Chavez the leader of Venezuela and Raul Castro the leader of Cuba.
Although Ryan did not offered any details over how the GOP ticket would change policy in Cuba, the tough rhetoric was enough for him to receive a strong applause from the many supporters who came to hear him speak.
A large number of legislators who are Spanish speaking from Florida, including Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lethinen gave Ryan much praise. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and Romney’s youngest son Craig, who speaks Spanish fluently were also there to help rev up the supporters.
Ryan said he has colleagues on Capitol Hill who are Cuban-American have explained to him how brutal the regime in Cuba has been, and how the current president’s appeasement program with Cuba is not functioning correctly.
Ryan said under a Romney administration they will be hard on Castro and they will help the different pro-democracy associations that exist. He said being tough on both Chavez and Castro is the correct policy for the U.S.
Romney also took a hard line that was similar to Ryan’s against the regime in Cuba when speaking to the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC during a January trip for Florida’s primary. He noted he was waiting the death of Fidel Castro.
Those kinds of speeches play well with a number of the many Cuban-Americans living in South Florida, who believe the decision by President Obama to end the embargo for travel to Cuba has benefitted Castro, as it helps his economy.