ME LIKEY: Cruz Walks Out on Castro’s Speech at Mandela Memorial

Published on December 12, 2013

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday as Cuba’s President Raul Castro began speaking.

A spokesman for Cruz, who is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the Mandela memorial, told Newsmax that the senator feels “Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents.”

Cruz’s father fled Cuba before Fidel Castro — Raul’s brother and predecessor — came to power in 1959.

“Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free,” the senator’s spokesman said.

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