Romney Says He Wants to Oversee the End of the Castro Regimeby John Lantigua | January 25th, 2012
Mitt Romney told a loud, enthusiastic crowd of Cuban-American supporters here Wednesday that if elected president he will oppose the Castro regime in Cuba “by overt ways and covert ways” and says he hopes he can help drive Fidel and Raul Castro from power.
He stopped short of calling for military action against Cuba.
“I want to be president at the time when we are able to say we brought freedom back to Cuba,” he said to loud applause at the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. Romney was hosted there by the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC.
Romney was joined on stage by many Cuban-American political stalwarts –U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami), former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and former U.S. senator Mel Martinez. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Naples, was also on hand.
Romney attacked President Barack Obama who he said had made concessions to the Castro regime by increasing remittances that can be sent to Cuba and allowing more Americans to travel there, which he said was only helping prop up the Castro regime.
He said “ showing an olive branch” to Cuba was the wrong approach.
“By helping Castro (Obama) is not helping the people of Cuba, he is hurting them,” Romney said.
He said if elected he would strictly enforce the economic embargo against Cuba.