Fred Thompson Criticizes Arkansas Governor

MIAMI (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is
criticizing rival Mike Huckabee for previously saying the Cuban trade embargo should be lifted.

As Arkansas governor, Huckabee said the embargo should be lifted, saying it hurt the state's farmers. But he told reporters in Miami earlier today that he has come to understand Cuban-Americans' perspective on the embargo and said as president he would veto any legislation attempting to lift it.

Thompson called that a political move while touring a Bay of Pigs museum in Little Havana. The former Tennessee senator and star of "Law & Order'' told Cuban-Americans gathered at the museum that he looks forward to Castro's demise.

Also today, Huckabee was endorsed by Florida House Speaker Marco
Rubio, who is Cuban-American.

Both presidential candidates were campaigning in Miami the day after a Spanish-language debate.

Huckabee's campaign could not be immediately reached for comment about Thompson's remarks.

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