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U.S. Senate candidate says when Obama visits Cuba, he should stay there



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff says when President Barack Obama goes to Cuba next week, he "should stay there."

Beruff, a homebuilder from Manatee County, in a statement to the media today said Obama has done a terrible job negotiating with Cuba in his bid to normalize relations with the communist nation.

"President Obama has given the Castro regime exactly what they want: more money," Beruff said. "And we have gotten nothing in return."

With the tough talk, Beruff joins most of the other four Republican candidates for the Senate who have criticized Obama for visiting Cuba. Last month before Beruff entered the race, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said Obama's visit is was "the culmination of a disgraceful policy that has weakened U.S. national security and validated oppression over freedom."

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, has called the trip an "embarrassing visit" that rewards the Castro dictatorship and weakens America.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has criticized the Obama administration for moving too fast in trying to normalize relations with Cuba too, but Jolly has said he is receptive to some easing of travel restrictions. 

Businessman Todd Wilcox said Obama's visit sends a "terrible message." 

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:19pm]


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