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The AFP reports:
Fidel Castro's niece on Wednesday hailed Barack Obama's support for gay marriage and the loosening of US-Cuba travel restrictions, saying: "I would vote for President Obama."
he daughter of President Raul Castro, also lamented the "small group of delinquents" whom she said were preventing the warming of ties between Washington and Havana.
"I think he's sincere and speaks from the heart," Castro -- whose US trip has been denounced by opposition Republicans -- said of Obama's recent public endorsement of gay marriage.
"I think it's something that he truly believes in ... If I were a US citizen, I would vote for President Obama," she added, speaking via an interpreter at her first public event in a trip to San Francisco.The decision by the Obama administration to issue a visa to Mariela Castro, Raul Castro's daughter, is so politically unpopular in Florida that even the loony DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as Democratic Florida senator Bill Nelson, have denounced it:
Yes, the Bush administration did the same thing a decade ago, but she wasn't so appreciative then and she certainly didn't say she'd vote for Bush. And as Capital Hill Cubans reports:
The fact is that two wrongs don't make a right -- both the Bush and Obama Administrations erred in doing so.
actually worse now.
Prior to Raul Castro becoming dictator-in-chief in 2006, few non-Cuba observers even knew that Raul had a daughter (let alone two more, Deborah and Nilsa).
Since that time, the Cuban dictatorship has turned Mariela Castro into its most prominent public relations figure.
She has now been traveling the world defending her family's brutal dictatorship, attacking peaceful pro-democracy activists as "despicable parasites" and justifying the arbitrary taking of an American hostage, Alan Gross.
Just try to stomach this 30 minute interview.
Moreover, to his credit, President Obama announced in August 2011 that human rights would become a central focus of his visa policy -- specifically identifying "prolonged arbitrary detentions" as unacceptable violations (a Raul Castro specialty).
So actions should speak louder than words.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has just denied political asylum to a former Cuban military official that turned on the Castro regime and served almost two decades in prison.
Even worse yet. Here's Marco Rubio's response to Obama's decision to give a visa to Castro: