Gov. Scott: Cuba Embargo Should Continue

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

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.

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  • by Ron Location: California on Feb 20, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    How can people so stupid? There is no embargo! Cuba buys millions of dollars in American products every year. What they want is CREDIT. They want credit to expand their purchases and them stiff the US as they have done every other country that has lent them money. Wake up people. Get informed.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Feb 19, 2011 at 02:35 AM
    I support Scott in almost every aspect when it comes to downsizing government and improving private sector employment. But he is dead wrong on continuing the Cuban Embargo. If you want to convert a communist you do it with a dollar. You can't do that without trade. How many of you are aware of the murders, torture and abuse that the average Cuban suffered under Bautista? How many of those who participated in those acts now live within the United States, Florida in particular? A little something to think about...
  • by $5 a gallon Location: fl on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    yeacuba is 90 miles off florida coast. they are drilling oil gas wells right now. wait until they havean accident like bp. the coast of florida will be a black tar ball. we better buddy up with them where we can have some controll.
  • by PrezNixon on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    I do not understand....every president (both repubs and dems) have stuck to this policy. I just do not understand what they fear from that small nation. There must be something to it that they are not thinks. And yes I believe we can make lots of money opening Cuba up.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Another Outdated Policy. We are the ONLY ones not doing Business there. We need to get in while the gettin is good. You want to break the Regime? Remember the U.S.S.R. The demand and influx of American Goods broke them just as sure as M.A.D.D. and the failed Ruble
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    Gotta please the exiled Batista Oligarchs!!
  • by Taylor Location: Tallahassee on Feb 17, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    Lobbyist for the Florida Keys Business's and Florida tourism, do not think opening Cuba would be a good business $$$ idea. CUBA would make for an excellent resort destination. However, it would defer $$$$$ away from the State of Florida and fracture our tourism economy. I don't think let's get to work entails let's employee the Cuban's and drive our economy and workforce even further SOUTH.
  • by Jane Location: Tallahassee on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    The U.S. Cuba policy is one of the last vestigages of the cold war - otherwise known as classic republican worldview. The policy should have been trashed years ago. Go forth capitalists and conquer Cuban markets.
  • by Gary Location: New Port Richey on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    What exactly is the threat from Cuba? Are we worried that they'll get in their row boats and invade? A potential trading partner that would allow shipping in safe waters, nice and close, have many needs, and other financial and business incentives that the business community has obviously noticed, and we don't like them because some old guy with a cigar? Ideology trumps reason once again. I'd be curious why Ricky Rich has this opinion but he doesn't feel he needs to explain himself to mere voters.
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