In 2004, Mr. Obama told an audience at Southern Illinois University that trade with Communist Cuba was a good thing.
In April 2008, Barack Obama said that trade with capitalist pro-American Colombia was a bad thing.
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Senator John McCain will continue to pound Barack Obama on his commitment to meet with rogue regimes without preconditions if he were elected president.
Today, McCain will be celebrating Cuba Independence Day in Miami.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain marks Cuban Independence Day on Tuesday with a fresh slap at Democratic front-runner Barack Obama for a pledge to meet Cuba’s leader if elected in November.
Obama’s vow to hold direct talks, without preconditions, with leaders of countries hostile to the United States, including Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba, has given McCain a broad opening to attack Obama over foreign policy.
He pounded Obama on Monday for pledging to meet the leader of Iran, saying to do so would reward a government in Tehran dedicated to destroying U.S. ally Israel.
At a town hall meeting in Miami, McCain planned to accuse Obama on Cuban Independence Day of wanting to soften the decades-old U.S. embargo against the communist government of Cuba.
Cuban-American voters, who typically have taken a unyielding stance toward dealings with the Cuban government, represent an important voting bloc in Florida, a battleground state in U.S. presidential elections.
Obama’s pledge to hold direct talks with leaders of various countries hostile to the United States would also involve a meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro, McCain will say, sending “the worst possible signal to Cuba’s dictators.”
“I believe we should give hope to the Cuban people, not to the Castro regime,” McCain will say, according to speech excerpts released by his campaign.
In 2004 Barack Obama promoted trade with Communist Cuba:
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Mr. Obama told an audience at Southern Illinois University during this panel discussion, “I think it’s time for us to end the embargo with Cuba. … It’s time for us to acknowledge that that particular policy has failed.”