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All U.S. citizens should be able to travel to Cuba whenever they want

Posted April 21, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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BY RAISA PAGES&#8212 | Granma International staff writer— | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url]

Idaho Republican Congressman C.L. “Butch” Otter “I’M a politician, but I’m also a U.S. citizen, and I want to have the freedom to travel wherever I want,” declared Idaho Republican Congressman C.L. “Butch” Otter to Granma International, referring to the restrictions on travel to Cuba imposed on U.S. citizens by their government.

“When there’s a question mark between what are real facts and the truth being disseminated by my government, what’s important is to allow my constituents to appreciate the real situation and draw their own conclusions,” he emphasized.

“Everything that’s said about Cuba in the United States comes from the government or it wants to be known about this country. My responsibility is to present the facts and the truth to voters in my state of Idaho. That is why I invited a group of farmers to come with me to this meeting where we are being economically educated about what is happening on this island.”

Otter commented that two days after he arrived in Cuba, he met with the Idaho delegation members and asked them, “If I asked you to write on one sheet of paper what you thought about Cuba before coming here, would you have written the same thing as now?” He said that all of them replied that their opinions would be very different. “I think that for that reason, those in power in my country are nervous and don’t want to remove the ban on U.S. citizens freely traveling here,” he affirmed.

Member Comments

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On April 21, 2004, publisher wrote:

I sat in on a poltics session at the Alimport conference and it was very informative with many senior level politicians and businessmen.

Action is needed to move the ball forward to ease the trade and travel restritions.