One of South Florida’s biggest supporters of the ongoing U.S. embargo to Cuba, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), is breaking with President Obama in regards to his move to reestablish full diplomatic and economic relations with the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro.
“My view is different from President Obama’s,” the DNC chairwoman said in an interview with The Daily Signal published Thursday. “I believe a relationship with the United States should be earned … perhaps we should make sure that some of these human rights concessions are secured prior to moving forward.”
Wasserman Schultz hopes that the negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba will benefit the U.S.in the long run, and bring true democracy to the people of Cuba.
“Anytime we’re at the negotiating table with any nation like Cuba that has as horrendous a human rights record as they do, it’s an opportunity to be able to assert our view that making sure that any nation in the world should have freedom of their elections, that people should have the right to elect a person of their choice, that they should be able to speak freely, even if it is against the actions of their government and not be subject to arrest, that they should be able to make sure they can move freely throughout their country.”
Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, has said that he would “probably not” keep Obama’s proposed U.S. embassy in Cuba open, if he were to be elected President of the United States.