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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

McCain shopping for the Cuban vote



Sen. John McCain has begun Spanish-language campaign ads on Miami radio. The message: McCain won't talk to Raoul Castro as Barack Obama has suggested he would. To hear the ad, click here.

To read the translation, see below:

"This is Roberto Martin Perez, a political prisoner in Cuba’s prisons for 28 years. The cruel reality is that millions of my Cuban compatriots are prisoners in their own country. Despite this, our fighting spirits go on. John McCain knows that Raul Castro is the same as his brother – a dictator that makes it impossible to remove him from power and consistently violates the fundamental rights of all Cubans. He now allows the use of cellular phones and computers, but he simultaneously censures the right of free expression.

"While others support dialogue with Raul Castro, John McCain believes we should support the valiant men and women who struggle for a free Cuba. Instead of initiating a relationship with Raul Castro, John McCain wants to assure that all political prisoners first be released. As someone who endured cruel conditions in Vietnamese prisons, John McCain knows that liberty in Cuba won’t come by making concessions to the dictatorship."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:22am]


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