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Emmer on Cuba embargo: ‘Clearly that’s not working’

Emmer said he’s willing to let U.S.-Cuba talks work their way toward a solution.
Rep. Tom Emmer
  • reparations for Cubans who have been persecuted by the Castro regime,
  • payments for those who lost property to the regime and
  • safe harbor of fugitives within the country.

He said he could support eventually normalizing relations, but we’re nowhere near the point where that’s possible yet.

Rep. Tom Emmer questioned Obama administration officials during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday.
klobuchar speaking
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, along with a few other members of Congress and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, spoke at the National Press Club to the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 02/06/2015 - 10:07 am.

    The Cuban embargo…

    was signed into law once President John F. Kennedy(D) was assured by Pierre Salinger that he had purchased every Cuban cigar to be had in the DC and surrounding area. And I thought Democrats were opposed to smoking!

  2. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 02/06/2015 - 11:31 am.

    Well said, Congressman

    Mr. Emmer talks some sense on Cuba.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 02/06/2015 - 11:32 am.

    I don’t see anything wrong with Emmers take. There is no harm in opening dialogue since Obama is powerless to make any promises about lifting the embargo.

    After Obama’s unilateral action, Rual Castro, in the official Cuban newspaper Gramma, declared victory and assured the world that no changes to his dictatorship are forthcoming.

    Sure. Let them talk.

    Codifying the embargo was a far sighted act indeed.

  4. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 02/06/2015 - 12:51 pm.


    So Mr. Emmer supports this:

    Reparations for Cubans who have been persecuted by the Castro regime.

    Payments for those who lost property to the regime

    Safe harbor of fugitives within the country

    I wonder how far a Palestinian would get with the same arguments in Mr. Emmer’s world? I think he would find the comparison completely invalid.

    A Cuban American can point to the house they lost in 1960 to the regime and a Palestinian can do the same to their former house lost in 1948.

    And while I think the time has passed on most of these issues for both cases, it is our inability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes that prevents us from assisting with attaining reasoned compromises.

  5. Submitted by Matt Haas on 02/06/2015 - 05:48 pm.

    He would have been less pong winded

    Had he just said, I’ll support lifting the embargo when the Castro regime is no more. This is the Republican position and will be so long as Cubans in Florida vote GOP. The rest was just meandering pandering to a conservative youth and those of a libertarian streak who find the embargo foolish. They’d be the only ones to think his words actually portend any action.

  6. Submitted by richard owens on 02/08/2015 - 10:06 am.

    Wet foot dry foot

    Florida has already experimented with the plan Tom Emmer could propose to his party leaders to deal with the 11 million undocumenteds.

    Rep Emmer could be the Congressional rookie that saved the GOP if he can get an immigration plan so clear, so plain and so effective.

    Sen Rubio can explain to the American people how well Florida’s immigration program works.

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