RAND vs RUBIO: Rubio Rips Into Rand for Supporting Cuba Policy Shift

Published on December 19, 2014

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Likely Republican presidential contenders Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are already clashing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Paul has said that lifting a more than 50 year embargo on Cuba is ‘probably a good idea’ while Rubio has swiftly made himself the face of opposition to normalizing relations with the Communist country.

The argument between the two Republican senators escalated last night when Florida Sen. Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, claimed that Kentucky Sen. Paul ‘has no idea what he’s talking about’ when it comes to his parents’ home country.

Paul has placed himself at odds with several possible Republican presidential challengers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, also of Cuban descent, by aligning himself with the president and coming out in support of removing trade and travel restrictions on the Latin American country located less than 500 miles off the Florida coast.

‘This announcement today will be remembered as a tragic mistake,’ Cruz warned on Wednesday after Obama’s announcement.

‘Just like the administration did with Iran, right when the administration was feeling the maximum pain it throws them an economic lifeline and continues the brutal repression and dictatorship of the Castro brothers,’ he said on Fox News.

Likewise, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook that ‘Cuba is a dictatorship with a disastrous human rights record, and now President Obama has rewarded those dictators.

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