DUNCAN, SANFORD SPAR OVER BARACK OBAMA’S SHIFT IN CUBA POLICY
By FITSNEWS || South Carolina’s GOP congressional delegation is typically pretty solid when it comes to supporting the free market. Five lawmakers in particular – Senator Tim Scott and Representatives Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford – more often than not vote the right way.
Other “Republicans” – Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson and Tom Rice – aren’t so consistent.
Anyway … Duncan and Sanford offered vastly different responses to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s recent decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba (which we supported).
Sanford backed the move …
“Though I have been a critic of many of the President’s actions I think it is important to give credit where credit is due,” Sanford said. “Accordingly, I am encouraged by the President’s move today to ease restrictions for Americans wanting to travel to Cuba and the promise of efforts to begin a dialogue with the people of Cuba.”
According to Sanford, the move was “wise” as well as “a statement of the obvious” – namely that America’s isolationist policy toward Cuba wasn’t working.
Duncan doesn’t agree …
“I have major problems with the Administration’s unilateral decision to move towards normalized relations with Cuba,” he said. “President Obama’s statement today of ‘a new course in our relations with Cuba’ is a complete reversal of U.S. policy without receiving any concrete reforms by the Cuban government, which is required by U.S. law.”
Duncan added that Obama’s decision “wastes decades of hard work to support the Cuban people, provides Cuba with legitimacy that ten American presidents have refused to provide, and strengthens the Castro regime to the detriment of the Cuban people and the region at-large.”
Echoing the sort of hard line advocated by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Duncan vowed to work with “colleagues in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to require accountability from this Administration on this issue.”
Hmmmm … we’re with Obama and Sanford on this one.
And yes, this will probably be the only issue where this website, Mark Sanford and Barack Obama are in agreement.