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Monday, February 11, 2008


In my last column in The Miami Herald, I wrote that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's most influential advisors on Latin American affairs have one thing in common: They are Cuban Americans from Florida. Close aides to McCain caution that it's too early to talk about who will be their campaign's Latin American affairs, but when pressed for names of who have been briefing him recently, they mention Florida's Cuban-American Sen. Mel Martinez and Cuban-American congress members Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros Lehtinen. My question to readers: what do you think of McCain's most influential advisers on Latin American affairs?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that it's just election politics. McCain has Florida to win in the general election. Further down the road (if he gets there), I dearly hope that there is broader representation among the Latins who will have his ear.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is circular nonsense. The U.S. creates the identity and then gets fed back its own propaganda.Latin America is the last thing these fellows (the DB's, RosL, Martinez et al) know anything about. It makes the U.S. irrelevant at best and malevalent at worst.

11:27 AM  
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9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

makes sense to me, cubans are the only major republican-leaning major hispanic group today, and they have helped mccain avoid the trap of losing the hispanic vote by becoming anti-immigrant or even pandering to the small but vocal immigration-centered fringe wing of the republican party.

they've been a poison pill in this election, and what has it won the most anti-immigrant parties such as tom tancredo? less than 1% of the vote and less money than a homeless man on the street.

I think McCain's advisors are a good example for republicans and a good lesson for politicians in general on getting good internal informatio and feedback on the issues and motivators of minority groups in general.

Let McCain be an example to future republicans who want any chance of winning the presidency in the future, minority groups are an ever-growing share f the electorate and won't just matter in general elections, but even in the republican primaries as mccain's election has shows.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the utmost respect for the cuban advisors that are mentioned and I hope they play a role in his government but I am concerned that there is no one that would look toward the Southern part on Latin America. We have to improve relations with Argentina, Chile, Brazil and even Venezuel as that loco Chaviez won't last forever. I'm afraid that the advisors mentioned would be too focused on Cuba.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Truth Matters said...

I think they are idiotic open borders pro-amnesty morons who need to be thrown out of office..

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros Lehtinen are idiots, they've been in power for over 15 yeas and have done nothing for Latin Americans in Florida or anywhere in the US, there are a lot of so-called "white Caucasian" representatives doing a lot more.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I love them and I love McCain!

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cubans know about South America as much President Bush knew about Middle East when going to war.
Cuban are afraid of anything starts with the "s" word , but the reality is Latin America turned Soicalist due in part to American foreign policies. Having a Cuban representing us in SA is a really bad idea . They will choose military force all the times over a socialist governement. Bad Idea ...
WHile US looked the other way, China, Japan and Europe are doing mega biz with those countries.

12:11 PM  

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