Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"When Cuba joins the rest of the civilized world in how it treats its people... That's the kind of country that I’m interested in us having a relationship with. And the embargo serves as leverage for us to be able to accomplish that...
Cuba trades with every other country in the world. The fact of the matter is that the U.S. embargo is not the reason their economy is failing. Their economy is failing because they've embraced a combination of socialism and incompetence, which may be an oxymoron because they're both the same thing...
What's happening now is that the Castro government is using travel and exile travel as a way to fund its repressive regime... And it also provides a source of hard currency for the Castro regime. They use the dollars from remittances and from travel to fund their repressive operation. I think it was wrong to lift those travel restrictions."
Interview with Human Events, humanevents.com, May 7, 2010
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically.
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (R-FL), 2011-present
Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Member, US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Visiting professor, Metropolitan Center, Florida International University, 2008-2010
Political Analyst, Univision, 2008
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, 2007-2008
Member, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2008
Former Florida Chairman, GOPAC
Former City Commissioner, West Miami, FL
JD, cum laude, University of Miami Florida, 1996
BS, Political Science, University of Florida, 1993