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Hillary Clinton Thinks The Cuban Embargo Has Been A Failure


Jul 29, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion's Jorge Ramos why she thinks the Cuban embargo has been a failure:

RAMOS: Is it time to end the Cuban embargo?

CLINTON: Yes, yes. I mean, I would like to see that. Now, I advocate that in my book because I think it's been a failure. And I think it has, unfortunately--

RAMOS: The embargo has been a failure?

CLINTON: Yes, and I think it has propped up the Castros because they can blame everything on the embargo. You don't have freedom of speech, you don't have freedom of expression, you know, you're still having political prisoners. Everything is blamed on the embargo. 

I would like to see us move toward normalizing relations eventually, and therefore more Americans back and forth [between Cuba and the U.S.]. That's something President Obama did and I supported on the first term. We do have our own political prisoner in Cuba, Alan Gross, a man who's been thrown into prison and not being given a chance to come home to his family. So I'd like to see that resolved and I'd like to see us move toward ending the embargo and trying to, by our example, by our commerce, by all kinds of visits, you know, help the Cuban people have a chance at a different future. 

RAMOS: Are you interested in Nixon moment, going to Cuba?

CLINTON: You know, someday I'd like to go to Cuba. I would someday, yes.