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Posted January 24, 2006 by YoungCuban in Cuba-US Trade

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Much talk and debate has come forward about the possible running for the seat in the White House by both Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice.
Both pose impressive resumes and have shown signs of being dominate forceful figures in their respective roles within the U.S. Government, but, would U.S. Citizens vote a woman into office?
Clearly each have their own distinctive qualities,credentials and experience to make a strong run in becoming the first U.S. “woman” President.
However, one must think about the down spiraling U.S. support for the Republican party as of late, with the much talked about Iraq war still on the tongues of American Citizens, and with rising nuclear issues coming out of Iran, leftist leaning Latin America as well as other problems being faced by Republican house members, Rice’s chance of sitting in the oval office as commander and chief has become very slim.
Hilary on the other hand is being praised on many levels by many, including Republican members, her background as a strong First Lady and public figure for nearly two decades now, would give her an edge over Rice, in this writers opinion.
Then there’s the Bill factor, now while no President has been or probably will ever be, perfect, one cannot deny Bill’s work in the U.S. economic area while serving as President, under Bill the U.S. had eliminated the deficit,with funds to spare, funds which have now completely disappeared under the Bush administration, funds, that will most likely have to be paid for by generations to come and with the U.S. dollar slipping at a global scale, I feel Bill’s presence in the White House as “First Gentlemen” could be the clincher to a Hilary victory in 2008.
It is no secret that Florida is the “hot bed” for any candidate to conquer during a Presidential campaign, but as recent history has shown, any candidate must win the majority votes of Cuban American Citizens.
The approach to such campaigns in the past of gaining the votes of Cuban American’s had been simple, just denounce Cuba and it’s government and continue to support the embargo and promise tighter restrictions against our neighboring island.
That “use” to almost guarantee a victory in campaigns gone by, but as of late the Cuban American support has been also slipping out of the hands of Republicans, mostly do to tighter travel restrictions placed on Cuban Americans, which denies them the right to visit their family in Cuba to once every three years and not to mention the fiasco of the “wet foot- dry foot” policy we have seen covered by the media heavily, a policy that ironically “Bill Clinton” set in place, a policy that could turn out to be an enemy of Mrs.Clinton in the state of Florida.
So who would win Florida? A must wait and see answer for sure!
Rice, has publicly made her opinions on Cuba-U.S. issues, so her approach to how she would campaign for the voting power of Cuban American’s, is no secret, same strategic campaign as past Republican campaigns, “promise to strangle Castro”.
But, would a “promise to strangle Castro” type of campaign work in 2008?
Again, a must wait and see answer, though a large number of aging Cuban American’s seems to be slowly disappearing by either not going to the ballot box or simply dying, has given way to the “New Cuban American Order” in the states, young Cuban American’s could be the missing link and key target to any candidate winning a Florida campaign on 2008.
The problem is, how does one target the young Cuban American voters?
Many are Cuban American’s born in the U.S. whom have never been to Cuba or fully understand Cuban - American policies or politics, many have the “I still have family there I wish to meet”  attitude, while on the other hand one has young Cuban American’s who fled Cuba to the U.S., a growing Cuban community that seems to lean towards and favor less travel restrictions and more family contact as their attitude is more of a “I have my family in Cuba”.
Personally, I cannot wait for 2008 to roll around, as I will be sitting back and watching all Presidential candidates campaign strategies, it should be interesting to say the least.
Please post your opinions.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 24, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Great insight into the younger Cuban mindset but will anyone get it?

    When will young Cubans be politically active and make their anti-Embargo voice heard?

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 24, 2006 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    I think that politicians do get it, the problem is not getting it,the problem is,how to promote it to their advantage?

    Many young Cuban Americans who’ parents are strong restriction supporters seem to NOT lean towards their own families opinions on Cuba relations, many have friends who go to Cuba who speak highly of Cuba and mention the fun they have while in Cuba,perhaps the “fun in Cuba” part may be something that lures young Cuban’ towards a more open policy with Cuba and Cuban Americans?

    No doubt it will be a tricky campaign that gets the votes of young Cuban American’.

    I would say something along the lines of “If you elect me as your President,the travel ban would go back to what it once was,a once a year visit,or better.” or something along that line,as that would most likely get the votes of Cuban’ who are harshly against the restrictions.

    But,then you have the hard-liners to convince? How do you get their votes?

    Personally,if I was to run for President, I would totally go out on a limb and wing it,by saying I’d open TRUE talks with Cuba and lift ALL travel restrictions “against the AMERICAN public”.

    Why? Florida isn’t all Cubans,you have a large scale of American’ living in Florida who are sick and tired of the way America enforces it’ power against other countries.

    Let’ face it, America isn’t as admire by other countries and it’ own citizens as it once was, we no longer live in the “Leave It To Beaver” days and innocence is totally gone.

    We need a compassionate leader who is willing to play ball with the rest of the world,but that leader must “boldly” stand strong and make it clear that, we will play ball,but it must be a fair game or else!

    I feel Hillary could be the right pitcher to lead us starting in 2008.



  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 24, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    I was with you all the way until that last sentence. Hilary? She will tell you what you want to hear and then tell your father/grandfather what they want to hear just so she could get elected.

    However, I do think she would end campaign to end the Embargo. She would get the older vote so the aging baby boomers could travel to Cuba and she might get some Republican agricultural votes so they could sell more food to Cuba.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 24, 2006 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    Good point Publisher,but then again dont all politicians make promises they never intend on keeping?

  5. Follow up post #5 added on January 13, 2008 by Edita

    I would love for the embargo to be changed if not lifted completly and the travel restrictions to be changed to give the right to a cuban born to visit at least once a year a friend or relative if they wish.  In my opinion the restrictions have done nothing more than increase the poverty in Cuba of many people. 

    Some of us are lucky to be here, but we forget too easy what is like to be in a place where many strugle to put food on their tables, dress their children and repair their homes with their income.  Moreover, live in a regime that punishes entire families for the rebelion of one.

    In regards to Hillary, my fear is that she may continue with the restrictions and policies of the republican party and make it worse for us here who have cousins, aunts and uncles as well as friends in Cuba suffering and hopeless.  I hope I am wrong. 

    On the other hand Obama ideas about Cuba are tempting for me, but my main worry is that he has all these ideas about helping the american family who makes less then $50K and these leaves behind the american middle class who makes more than $50k and less the $100 and can hardly pay their way.  Is he focusing on the poor families only?

    Difficult choice all around.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 13, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Hillary is the ultimate insider which means she represents Washington as usual and in this case means that she will take money from the old Cuban exiles to leave the failed 45+ year old Plan A embargo just as it is.

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