FLANKED by his squad of powerful Cuban-American leaders, presidential aspirant Mitt Romney made an appeal to Hispanic voters in Florida that if elected president, he would take a much more aggressive stance against the Communist regime in Cuba than the current Obama administration.
"If I'm fortunate to become the next president of the United States it is my expectation that Fidel Castro will finally be taken off this planet," Romney said to emphatic applause from the crowd of 500 at the Freedom Tower, that included Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and former Sen. Mel Martinez.
"I doubt he'll take any time in the sky. He'll find a nether region to be more to his comfort."
Romney also criticized President Barack Obama's "appeasement" of a US trade embargo and travel restrictions that have been opposed by the majority of Cuban-American Republicans.
"This is a critical time. I think you realise that. We've waited a long, long time for the opportunity that is represented by a new president, and by new leadership, or by old leadership finally kicking the bucket in Cuba," he said.
"And I want to take advantage," Romney told the energetic and mostly Hispanic audience.
"I want to be the American president that is proud to be able to say that I was president at the time that we brought freedom back to the people of Cuba."
Early yesterday, Castro did not mince words when he described the Republican presidential candidates and their attention to the tiny island nation 144km off the coast of Florida.
"The selection of a Republican candidate for president of that globalized and encompassing empire is, I say this seriously, the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been heard," Castro wrote in an opinion piece.
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