Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, Feb. 17 put himself in line with much of the Cuban-American establishment, but at odds with a large segment of the business community when he expressed support for continuing the embargo on Cuba.
Asked briefly about travel with Cuba after a news conference on high speed rail, Scott said he supported current federal law. “The Cuba embargo should continue,” Scott said. The Republican Party is effectively split, with the hard line anti-communist position of continuing to cut off the Castro regime still favored by many, particularly in the Cuban-American community. Much of the business community – also a major Republican constituency – now favors limited opening up of Cuba as the government has pursued, and in some cases a lifting of the embargo because of the business and trade opportunities it could present.