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Rubio Slams Administration For Abuses Of People-To-People Cuba Program
Right Side News ^ | 12/16/12 | Marco Rubio

Posted on 12/16/2011 11:34:09 AM PST by RightSideNews

Excerpt and video of Rubio's speech: "Here's my challenge to the Administration and the State Department: You're not going to change your mind, but at least examine how this is being implemented because this is a charade." Washington, D.C. (Right Side News) – During a Senate floor speech this evening, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio highlighted the rampant abuses that occur under the Obama Administration’s “people-to-people” program. As part of his remarks, Rubio read from several days’ worth of dancing and music appreciation-heavy travel itineraries that are currently licensed under this program. Below is an excerpt of the speech: “There’s this sports show. I think it’s on ESPN on Sunday nights, where they review NFL highlights. And Michael Irvin, who was a great player, he has this segment called ‘Come on, man!’, where they put some ridiculous thing that happened during the day and he’ll say, ‘Come on, man!’

“When I look at this stuff, you know what I want to say? Come on, man. This is about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba? This is not about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba. This is nothing more than tourism. This is tourism for Americans that, at best, are curious about Cuba and, at worst, sympathize with the Cuban regime.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: communism; cuba; florida; marcorubio; obama; rubio

1 posted on 12/16/2011 11:34:15 AM PST by RightSideNews
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To: RightSideNews
Rubio,like my Governor Nikki Haley, are becoming more and more dissimilar with the Tea Party that took their names off the nobody list.

The RINO establishment wins every time except at the polls--and both will suffer for their vanity and short sightedness.

2 posted on 12/16/2011 11:41:27 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Having A Communist Joke In The White House Takes Graveyard Humor To New Heights.")
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To: Happy Rain

What are you talking about?


3 posted on 12/16/2011 11:50:20 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: RightSideNews

A first term Senator makes a statement about a program most people have never heard of and it’s Breaking News?


4 posted on 12/16/2011 11:53:31 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: RightSideNews

If I can travel to China I should be able to travel to Cuba. It’s simply none of the government’s business where I go.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 11:57:11 AM PST by gdani
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To: RightSideNews
Marco Rubio's loyalty is to La Raza first.

Define 'natural born Citizen', Marco.

6 posted on 12/16/2011 12:04:26 PM PST by Godebert
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To: RightSideNews
This is an issue that Cuban-American politicians in South Florida have walked a thin line on for years.

They are totally in favor of Cubans in this country being allowed to visit Cuba whenever they want and to send unlimited quantities of US dollars and supplies to their family members in Cuba, notwithstanding that this is a huge financial windfall to the Castro economy.

Yet when anyone else wants to travel there, they raise a huge uproar about how we should not be supporting a communist state.

I think that it should be consistent one way or the other.

7 posted on 12/16/2011 12:07:47 PM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: Godebert

“Marco Rubio’s loyalty is to La Raza first.”

Really? When did Americans of Cuban descent decide to join La Raza? Thought the organization was filled with socialist and and separatist Mexicans.


8 posted on 12/16/2011 12:10:46 PM PST by peyton randolph (B. Hussein Obama solved Bush's "problem" of a AAA credit rating)
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To: peyton randolph

Typical ignorance of the differences between various Hispanic cultures.

The only reason Cubans and Mexicans are lumped together is because the US Government created the category of “Hispanic”.

While they do share a similar Spanish colonial heritage and language, the individual cultures of each nation that developed after colonization is no more similar than the UK and the United States. Sure there is a similarity, but by no means are they all the same.


9 posted on 12/16/2011 12:23:15 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Godebert
Define 'natural born Citizen', Marco

If both he and Piyush Amrit “Bobby” Jindal did so together at a news conference pointing that they, like the Usurper US Resident, aren't Natural Born Citizens do you think the MSM would report it?

10 posted on 12/16/2011 12:32:52 PM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: peyton randolph
Rubio Tells Republicans to Tone Down the Rhetoric on Immigration
11 posted on 12/16/2011 12:36:28 PM PST by Godebert
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To: maineman
What are you talking about?

I was just going to ask the same thing.

12 posted on 12/16/2011 12:40:41 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: Godebert

What are you talking about?


13 posted on 12/16/2011 12:42:38 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: gdani
If I can travel to China I should be able to travel to Cuba. It’s simply none of the government’s business where I go.

Then just leave the country for wherever and then tear up your passport. Total freedom as you want it without the government worrying about you.

14 posted on 12/16/2011 12:45:11 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
"Asked if he thought he was eligible to be president, Rubio demurred. "I'm not going to answer that because I'm not thinking about it. All I care about is my qualifications to serve in the Senate."

Rubio and the republicans are planning to take another steaming crap on our Constitution.

15 posted on 12/16/2011 12:50:06 PM PST by Godebert
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To: maineman
On the conservative demand that immigration laws be enforced Sen Rubio said and I quote, “Tone it down!”

If he does not believe in vigorously enforcing the law, well, all his words are suspect to THIS Tea Party conservative.

16 posted on 12/16/2011 12:51:48 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Having A Communist Joke In The White House Takes Graveyard Humor To New Heights.")
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To: frogjerk
Then just leave the country for wherever and then tear up your passport. Total freedom as you want it without the government worrying about you.

No, thanks. I would want to return, of course. Hopefully to a country that realizes there are bigger fish to fry & treats their citizens like adults.

17 posted on 12/16/2011 12:55:35 PM PST by gdani
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To: Notary Sojac

I understand that, per Customs, the biggest violators of the Cuban embargo (in terms of Cuban rum, cigars and similar products) are...exiled Cubans. I actually heard that sentiment from one once—”I hate the Castro government and everything it does...at the same time, why shouldn’t I be able to have a taste of home once in a while”.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 1:22:05 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks RightSideNews.
Here's my challenge to the Administration and the State Department: You're not going to change your mind, but at least examine how this is being implemented because this is a charade." ...As part of his remarks, Rubio read from several days' worth of dancing and music appreciation-heavy travel itineraries that are currently licensed under this program... "When I look at this stuff, you know what I want to say? Come on, man. This is about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba? This is not about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba. This is nothing more than tourism. This is tourism for Americans that, at best, are curious about Cuba and, at worst, sympathize with the Cuban regime."
Well put, Senator.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 1:22:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Notary Sojac

I understand that, per Customs, the biggest violators of the Cuban embargo (in terms of Cuban rum, cigars and similar products) are...exiled Cubans. I actually heard that sentiment from one once—”I hate the Castro government and everything it does...at the same time, why shouldn’t I be able to have a taste of home once in a while”.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 1:22:22 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: gdani
If I can travel to China I should be able to travel to Cuba. It’s simply none of the government’s business where I go.

Knock yourself out bigboy. Go to the DR and catch a flight to Cuba. Your passport will not be stamped. My friend did this
So really....no one is stopping you from checking out Fidel's island prison

21 posted on 12/16/2011 1:37:32 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: peyton randolph

I am sure that La Raza does not support Rubio.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 2:13:50 PM PST by docbnj
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To: Happy Rain

RE “Tone it down”

Perhaps, as a hispanic himself, he hears the comments that that facet of the community i smaking - the things that they won’t say out loud to anyone else.

He wants Republicans to win elections, and to win elections, we do need a portion of the legal hispanic vote.

It IS a numbers game at the end of the day, and it is a reality of the country at this point in history - like it or not.

Just something to consider.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 2:44:28 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Godebert

Your a nut.


24 posted on 12/16/2011 2:58:01 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Godebert

Your a nut.


25 posted on 12/16/2011 2:58:17 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Rule of Law, son. Rubio is the son of foreign nationals and a Citizen of Cuba.


26 posted on 12/16/2011 3:34:48 PM PST by Godebert
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To: Godebert

Cubans want nothing to do with “La Raza” which is both racist and marxist.


27 posted on 12/16/2011 7:46:01 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: NFHale
Spot on FRiend!
28 posted on 12/16/2011 8:46:58 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! WWW.MIKEMcCALISTERFORSENATE.COM check him out!)
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To: gdani

If I can travel to China I should be able to travel to Cuba. It’s simply none of the government’s business where I go.

I agree. I can’t wait until they open up Cuba for travel. I hear it is beautiful. I went to China (beijing) and you would have thought I was in New York City. It wasn’t until I went to the Great Wall that I thought I was in another country. I stayed at the Hilton, ate breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, lunch at McD’s, dinner at Hard Rock. It is VERY Americanized. I can hardly believe that some Americans slam the place. It is a fun place to vacation.


29 posted on 12/16/2011 9:30:27 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"Cubans want nothing to do with “La Raza” which is both racist and marxist."

Cuba is a Marxist state.

30 posted on 12/17/2011 5:43:06 AM PST by Godebert
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To: napscoordinator

Once you get outside of the tourist area, Cuba is a mess. I saw a video shot a few years back by some friends who went there on an educational visa to see the old Hershey electric railway...the small towns looked like something out of the fifth world.

We were fools to pull our support of Batista (admittedly no saint) in 1958, just as we did the Shah in 1979.


31 posted on 12/17/2011 7:07:29 AM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: Godebert

If you think a Cuban American affiliates with the distinctly Aztlan supporting Mexican/South American La Raza, you are completely un-informed.

Cuban Americans consider themselves (and rightly so, given their level of productive assimilation into US culture and business) at the TOP of the pyramid of the Latino demographic.

Have never met a Cuban, even the most liberal neocommunist (unless they are of the negrito/mulatto background), who identifies with La Raza. They don’t even identify with Puerto Ricans. They identify with Spanish colonial aristocracy and European traditions.

It is a classic yanqui/democrat ploy to lump the incredibly faithful and patriotic Cuban Americans with the “other spics”- and you do not know what you are talking about with Marco Rubio. 5 generations of true Floridians know all about Cuban Americans.


32 posted on 12/17/2011 9:29:23 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: ASA Vet

Not on your life would MSM report it. What is more, Rubio has been interviewed on the subject, and considers himself not “natural born” in the Constitutional definition. Quite refreshing, and also— not well reported.

Is it not odd that immigrant conservatives have to tell Americans about their Constitution, while the liberal establishment descendants of the Founding Fathers continue to degrade the original intent of our principal document?


33 posted on 12/17/2011 9:33:13 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: RockinRight
Typical ignorance of the differences between various Hispanic cultures.
When my lovely daughter was going to school in Tampa and working part time, the Cubans she worked with would say things about Mexicans and S. Americans that are less than flattering to say the least. I've heard Puerto Ricans bash those "damned effen Mexicans". But doesn't this type of infighting go on among all ethnicities?
34 posted on 12/17/2011 9:49:29 AM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: John S Mosby
"What is more, Rubio has been interviewed on the subject, and considers himself not “natural born” in the Constitutional definition. Quite refreshing, and also— not well reported."

Do you have a source for that?

As recently as October:

"Asked if he thought he was eligible to be president, Rubio demurred. "I'm not going to answer that because I'm not thinking about it. All I care about is my qualifications to serve in the Senate."

35 posted on 12/17/2011 11:41:20 AM PST by Godebert
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To: John S Mosby; Godebert; All

The first rush of Cubans were upper and upper middle class people excaping from Castro’s Marxist vision. As things got worse more and more lower level Cubans escaped. Then there was the Marielito dumping of prisoners and mental cases on our shores. On the other hand many Mexicans, are very poor people looking for work so they can send money back to their impoverished families. Guatemalans and Salvadorians were often escaping from dangerous terrorist activity in their countries that killed tens of thousandas of people.

I was in Miami in 2006, and saw a Puerto Rican grocery store clerk snap at a hispanic, origin unknown, “Speak English, you’re in America now.”


36 posted on 12/17/2011 9:39:52 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Godebert; All

Citizen of Cuba??? (Rubio???)

I seriously doubt we’ll hear a credible breakdown and or a quantifiable explaination of this statement...

You gonna tell us Rubio never “naturalized” and is still an elected US Senator from Florida???


37 posted on 12/18/2011 6:48:30 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: gleeaikin

I was in Miami in 2006, and saw a Puerto Rican grocery store clerk snap at a hispanic, origin unknown, “Speak English, you’re in America now.”


We sure could use a little more of that around this country!!!


38 posted on 12/18/2011 6:52:59 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

Senator Marco Rubio is not a natural born Citizen of the United States since his parents were not U.S. Citizens when he was born. Marco Rubio was born a dual-Citizen, i.e., a Cuban Citizen via his parents and a U.S. Citizen by birth in the USA.


39 posted on 12/18/2011 7:03:05 AM PST by Godebert
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To: stevie_d_64
For more information about U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s lack of being a “natural born Citizen of the United States” and his dual Citizenship at birth, i.e., having citizenship and allegiance to Cuba and the U.S. at birth per U.S., Cuban, and international law, see this post:

Copy of the 1975 petition for Naturalization for Rubio's father Mario

40 posted on 12/18/2011 7:23:06 AM PST by Godebert
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