Hillary Rodham Clinton will ask Congress on Friday to seize what she calls a “decisive moment” and lift the five-decade-old trade embargo against Cuba.
The Democratic front runner was speaking Friday in South Florida, home to many Cuban-Americans. For years, it has been the base of powerful anti-Castro sentiment that has made the embargo untouchable, especially for Republicans, like those running Congress and running to oppose her for president in 2016.
“We have arrived at a decisive moment. The Cuban people have waited long enough for progress to come,” Clinton will say, according to excerpts from her upcoming speech released by her presidential campaign.
“Even many Republicans on Capitol Hill are starting to recognize the urgency of moving forward. It’s time for their leaders to either get on board or get out of the way.”
Ahead of the speech, the Clinton campaign blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, probably the Republicans Clinton worries about most, for clinging to what Clinton calls a failed policy of isolating communist Cuba.
SOURCE: Anne Gearan
The Washington Post