In Ascent to GOP's Top Ranks, Paul Ryan to Drop His Opposition to Cuban Embargo





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Published on Aug 29, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - One issue Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will likely avoid in his acceptance speech tonight is his changing stance on the U.S. embargo on Cuba. For years Ryan was a vocal critic of the five-decade old embargo, saying in 2002: "If we think engagement works well with China, well, it ought to work well with Cuba. ... The embargo doesn't work. It is a failed policy." Ryan's view at the time put him in stark contrast to the Republican leadership and especially influential Cuban-American Republican lawmakers from Miami, of whom he said: "I just don't agree with them and never have." But as Ryan set his eyes on national office, his views on Cuba completely reversed. We discuss Ryan's changing views on Cuba with Al Fox, president of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation. Fox has made 83 legal visits to Cuba and has often brought U.S. politicians to visit the island.

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