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Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

Frank James

NPR

Jun 10, 2014

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"One of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba. 'Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes,' Clinton writes. 'It wasn't achieving its goals and it was holding back our broader agenda across Latin America.'"

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"There may be no greater sign of the declining power of the Cuba embargo as an issue in U.S. politics than Clinton's openness about advocating for its end. This is a noteworthy moment, something close to a sea change in American politics. It is the first time a politician from one of the two major parties with a real possibility of becoming the party's presidential nominee has stated publicly that the embargo should end. For Clinton, well-known as cautious, deliberate and cagey, to publicize this in her book shows just how much the political climate has changed, especially in the mother of all battleground states — Florida."