Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will voice her support for lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba during a speech at Florida International University in Miami on July 31, Politico reported.
Clinton enthusiastically supported President Barack Obama’s efforts to thaw tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.
“Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power,” Clinton said in December. “As I have said, the best way to bring change to Cuba is to expose its people to the values, information, and material comforts of the outside world. The goal of increased U.S. engagement in the days and years ahead should be to encourage real and lasting reforms for the Cuban people.”
Clinton’s announcement will come days after Republican Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota filed legislation to end the trade portion of the embargo. The Republican-led Congress would need to vote to lift the 50-year-old embargo, The Washington Post reported.
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Not only will Clinton be delivering her speech in Miami, a hub of Cuban-American culture, the choice to make her remarks in Florida is significant in and of itself. Florida is the home state of two of her Republican opponents, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Rubio is also a a part-time professor at Florida International University.