Rob Sequin, publisher HavanaJournal.com and President of Havana Journal Inc.
First, a little background on me… I am a registered Republican from Massachusetts. I voted for Romney for Governor and I would have voted for him for Governor had he run for a second term.
On Willard Milton “Mitt” Romney… In my opinion, Mitt has been running for President for MANY years. He ran for Congress against Ted Kennedy in 1994 then organized the 2002 Winter Olympics to get attention on the international stage and then got elected Governor of Massachusetts in that same year. He first ran for President in 2008. So, I think Mitt has simply been building his resume for the job of President.
Is Mitt a good guy? Yes. Would he be a good President? I think so, good for the economy anyway. Would he be better than President Obama? YES YES YES! So, why am I not endorsing Mitt Romney to win the Florida primary? Because he was endorsed by Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart crowd way back in November.
I have to wonder why they came out so early to endorse Romney. I have to answer “because they are confident they can push him around in order to get their way when he is President”.
That is not the case with Newt. Even though I think it’s stupid for Newt to say that he will not tolerate a Castro dictatorship under a Gingrich Presidency, IF he can win the Florida primary WITHOUT the endorsement of the anti-American Cuban Americans, then he does not owe them anything. Remember, candidate Obama won the Florida primary while the Diaz-Balarts et al endorsed John McCain.
I think Newt is very knowledgeable about history and very practical. He will be pro-business and pro-freedom so I think he would be more inclined to open up to Cuba rather than revert to Bush era failed strategies. Hopefully he will learn how much money the Miami area politicians and their cronies get every year from US taxpayers and hopefully he will learn that Tampa is PRO business when it comes to Cuba so he should not have to pander to the Miami crowd if he is elected President.
So, today I am supporting Newt Gingrich for President… through the Florida primary anyway. I will reserve my full endorsement for him to win the nomination for President.
Lastly, I think Santorum is all done. He’s too conservative and I don’t think he is objective enough to make good decisions. It’s just a matter of time before he drops out and I’m sure he will support Gingrich and not Mitt.
Then there is Ron Paul. Of course I would love to support Ron Paul because of his open Cuba travel and trade talk but he is not going to win any primaries. I hope his MESSAGE wins or at least has some influence on the Republican nominee.
Good luck Newt. You don’t need the old exile Cuban American vote to win Florida. Learn about the younger Cuban Americans, from the Marielios to recent arrivals… the ones who still have family in Cuba and you will hear a different tone. Also, imagine the Florida jobs that will be created if there are no trade or travel restrictions on Americans. THAT should be your Florida jobs platform… open up trade and travel to Cuba and now you have flights, cruises, railroad and trucking commerce ALL over Florida.
I think you’ll be shocked at how few votes the Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart’s actually bring to the polls for you.