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Rubio: Castro resignation a 'joke'



Marco Rubio, the first Cuban-American to become speaker of the House, does not share the celebratory feeling over the news from Cuba. It only "confirms that Fidel Castro is increasingly senile and out of touch with reality."

"It's a joke. This is a complete joke, guys. He's not the president of Cuba. When was he elected?" Rubio told reporters. "He has nothing to resign because he's a dictator. ... What he's done is he resigns so people can say 'Oh look in Cuba they actually have a legitimate system of government.' "

He continued, "The only news in Cuba that will ever matter is the day that they announce they are having free democratic elections."

Audio here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:11pm]


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