1. You oppose lifting the U.S. diplomatic and economic embargo of Cuba despite the fact that it that has not achieved its intended results of a democratic society after more than 50 years. How long would you continue this failed policy?
2. You claim that opening diplomatic relations with Cuba will do nothing to eliminate the communist government’s political repression. Didn’t the revolution throw out one of the most long-lived and violent dictatorships ever in the form of Fulgencio Batista who ruled Cuba with brutality, both in and out of office, for more than 30 years?
3. Incoming Senate Majority Leader McConnell has deferred to your opposition to Cuban diplomatic relations, referring to you as an “expert on U.S.-Cuban matters.” Since you have never visited Cuba, I assume your expertise is based on stories your parents told about being “forced off their beloved island after a thug, Fidel Castro, took power.” But records show that your parents came to the U.S. and were admitted for permanent residence more than 2 1⁄2 years before Castro’s forces overthrew Batista and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.
What is the basis of your expertise?
— Mike Harmon Pensacola